Interview Etiquette

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Congratulations! Spending days, weeks, or possibly months of looking for the right job has finally paid off and you have been asked to come to National Jewish Health for an interview.

You will only have 30 - 90 minutes to sell your experiences, attitude and skills to us - most likely without knowing what we want to hear from you. It can seem overwhelming, but remembering a few key points can help make your interview successful.

 

Research

Find out about National Jewish Health. Visit our website and talk to anyone you might know who works here. What do we do here, what are we known for? What types of people work here?

Make notes of things you want more information about and ask the interviewer about them at the end of your interview (it is always a good idea to have a few questions to ask).  This shows us that you are really interested in working here.

 

Practice

It sounds funny – and it looks even funnier – but practicing out loud for your interview will help you sound more polished and concise and less nervous in the actual interview. List a few key things you want us to know about you, and review common interview questions. Formulate answers to those questions and answer them out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror.

 

Dress to Make a Good First Impression

In an interview, first impressions do matter! The best way to ensure a good first impression is to dress smart. If you are interviewing for a job in an office, it is usually best to wear a dark-colored, conservative suit (for both men and women). If you are interviewing for a job where the dress code is more casual (housekeeping, food service or facilities, for example), nice slacks and a collared button-down shirt with a tie for men and a nice dress or blouse and slacks or skirt for women are usually appropriate. You should avoid wearing excessive jewelry, perfume/cologne (we are a fragrance-free campus) and flamboyant clothes. Good personal hygiene is also important.

If you are unsure what to wear, you should always go with the most conservative, professional option. What you are wearing tells us how serious you are about becoming a member of our team.

Be on time for your interview. This is, perhaps, the most important. We expect our employees to arrive on time to work.

Be aware of your body language. When shaking hands, make sure your grip is firm and confident. Have good posture, but avoid appearing like you are as stiff as a cardboard cutout. Even the most experienced professionals get nervous in an interview – it is normal.

Maintain eye contact.  Eye contact with your interviewer conveys confidence. When speaking, be polite and professional and avoid using slang and profanities. The more confident and polished you appear the more likely you are to leave us with a positive impression of you.

Keep the interview positive. Avoid making negative remarks about any previous jobs or employers. Refrain from complaining about any job-related tasks or responsibilities you were given in a previous position. We want to hire someone who is positive, enthusiastic, and able to meet and work through challenges.

 

Ask the Interviewer Questions

This is where your research comes in. We want to know if you are truly interested in the position and National Jewish Health. We want to know that you have all the information you need to make a decision. This is your chance to ask additional questions about us, the position, the requirements and the expectations of the person who will fill the position.

 

Follow up with a Thank-You Note

Make sure you let us know how pleased you were to have the chance to interview at National Jewish Health.

Immediately after the interview, send your interviewer a thank-you note, thanking him or her for taking time to interview you. This is not only proper etiquette and a common display of appreciation, but it also allows you to reaffirm one or two key points of the interview. It also lets us know how interested you are in working for National Jewish Health.