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Preparing For An In-Person Interview

Before The Interview:

1. Review Both The Job Description And Your Resume

  • Familiarize yourself with the position and brush up on the technologies listed so that you are prepared for any questions they may ask you.
  • Review your resume to insure you are well versed in everything listed.

2. Do Your Research And Have Questions Prepared

  • Look up the company’s website to find the latest information and/or projects they are working on.  A good place to find this is in the press release/news section.  Knowing their business is a great way to express your interest in the position. 
  • If you know the interviewer’s names you can research them using either Google or LinkedIn.  Any information you can find out is helpful and may help you make a connection.
  • Take the information you learn from your research and generate a list of questions – remember you are interviewing the company too.  
  • Prepare your answers to common interview questions.  
  • Review our Common Questions form here which gives you a sampling of some questions you may be ask by the interview, tips on how to answer and ideas for questions you can ask. 

3. The Next Step

  • Bring extra copies of your resume.
  • Prepare and bring work samples if possible (offer to the interviewer only if mentioned/asked).
  • Prepare to dress professionally (suit & tie unless the company advises otherwise).

During The Interview:


1. Getting There.

  • Make sure you arrive 15 minutes early – if you are 15 minutes early, you are on time.
  • Extend a firm, friendly handshake.
  • Express appreciation for the interviewer’s time.

2. During The Interview

  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Speak clearly, listen and focus on the interviewer.
  • Be assertive without being overly aggressive.
  • Ask the questions you have prepared.  It is always a duel interview.
  • Be honest with your answers.
  • Be motivated, passionate and enthusiastic; showing these things will set you apart from other candidates.
  • Be prepared to confirm a date for a follow up meeting just in case one in necessary.
  • At the end of the interview; ask for the job and remember that the goal is always to get an offer.  You can make a decision whether you would like to accept later. 

3. DO NOT

  • Do not discuss money…refer those questions back to ISLAND STAFFING.  Note that you may be asked more than once during the interview…answer the same. 

After The Interview:
1. Contact Your ISLAND STAFFING Recruiter

  • To recap and discuss the next step after you’ve completed the interview.  We need to hear from you before we can follow up with the company.