Stages of the Interview

1.   Introductory Stage

The interviewer will establish rapport and create a relaxed, though businesslike, atmosphere. This is where the interviewer gets the very important first impression of you.

2. Review of  your Background and Interests

This usually takes the form of “what,” “why,” “where,” and “when” types of questions. Focus on what you are like, and what you have accomplished, your academic and work background, and your goals.  One of the interviewer’s objectives is to see if your qualifications match your   declared work interests. Give concise but thorough responses to questions.

3. Matching  Begins

Assuming you have the necessary qualifications, the interviewer  will begin the process of determining whether the employer’s job opening(s)  match your interests and qualifications. If there seems to be a match, the interviewer will probably explain job details to see how interested you are in the position.

4.   Conclusion

In this stage, the interviewer should explain what the next   steps are in the hiring process. Be sure you understand them. Promptly provide any additional information requested. There should be ample opportunity for you at this point to ask any questions you have.