The interviewing process can be hard to predict or control and that can be frustrating, however you can use each opportunity as a chance to learn and improve your skills. You should review and assess each interview to determine how well you had the interview situation under control and identify areas that may need further improvement or preparation in order to be more successful.

Introduction: The purpose is to establish rapport and put you at ease. It consists of small talk in order to establish common identities. This is a moment of appraisal and a decision is being made about you by your handshake, appearance, and introduction of yourself. Suggestions for a favorable first impression include a firm handshake, correct pronunciation of interviewer's name, and mentioning your name.

Background: This stage consists of a mutual exchange of information about your background in order to help the recruiter assess your self-expression, motivation, and self-concept. The recruiter may provide some information about his organization, but the main purpose is to provide you with the opportunity to tell the recruiter something about yourself.

Evaluation: Through questioning by the recruiter and yourself, an attempt is made here by each to match job requirements with talents necessary to satisfy each other's needs. It is just as important that you get your questions answered, as it is for the recruiter to get their questions answered. An important clue as to the success of the interview is if the recruiter identifies that your career objectives and qualifications meet the needs of the company and the recruiter begins to "sell the company" to you.

Closing: Any final questions with either party are answered here. This is also an opportunity for you to summarize your strengths and emphasize your interest in the position. The recruiter may discuss the post-interview procedure. The procedure for organizations that do screening interviews on campus is to return to headquarters and review the interviewing experience which may include consideration of selected candidates from a number of other colleges. Generally, applicants are notified within two to three weeks of the interview of the final disposition of their application. A delay may occur if the applicant's data and/or resume must be forwarded to several departments or plant locations for review. While interviews may vary by company and recruiter, the pattern is usually consistent.

Other Types of First Interviews:

Telephone Interviews

Behavioral-Based Interviews