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Our staff at the Western Addition Career Center are in an enviable position: they get firsthand information from actual employers on exactly what they’re looking for (and what they’re not) in an employee. Unfortunately, when we talk to employers they frequently mention bad interviews. They worry that they’ve rejected a great potential employee because the candidate’s real personality and ability didn’t come across during an interview.

A bad interview can be painful for all parties, even for those most qualified.

Connecting with interviewers

One way to have successful interviews is to approach every interview like it’s the first time you’re meeting someone you want to get to know better. Pique interviewers’ interest with your personality and job experience. Try to develop real conversations by asking friendly, open-ended questions like, “How did you get started here” or “What excites you about your position?” rather than just answering routine interviewer inquiries. This creates warmth and a genuine connection with interviewers.

Half the work in interviewing is creating a good “connection” with the interviewer…this connection is what employers are looking for too!!

Below are a few more suggestions to help you master your interview.

Steps to get to your interviewsteps

Research the company – impress employers by learning about their business

Review the job description


Prepare questions for the interviewer. Ask them:

Once you have an interview scheduled

What to do during your interview

Wrapping up your successful interview

If you like the hints provided, you should come to our one of our workshops at the Career Center at 1449 Webster St. in San Francisco…we would love to see you!

by Rito Andujo-Walker