In the interview, evaluators commonly score your communication skills, analytical skills, preparation for the job/career, and knowledge of a particular subject. Be prepared. Find out a bit about our agency and the department you would be working for.
- Think about your strengths and weaknesses and be able to talk about them.
- Be prepared to speak about your past and current jobs and responsibilities, as well as the reasons for leaving former jobs.
- Be on time, or early.
- Listen to the question in its entirety, think first, and then answer what you think or believe. Don’t try to anticipate what you think the evaluators want to hear.
- When answering questions don’t use slang or inappropriate words. Try to make eye contact, be relaxed and personable, and be yourself.
- Put yourself in the role of the job when you answer a situational question.
- Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and talk about your abilities, but be aware of the fine line between selling yourself and boasting. Remember, the panel is asking the same questions of all candidates – be memorable.
- Be aware of your mannerisms and try not to distract the panel members. Some nervousness is natural, but the more confidence you display, the better.