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UMM Home > Career Services > Job Application Tools > Employment Interviews > Stages of an Interview

Stages of an Interview

Introductory Phase (2-5 minutes)
  • Shake hands
  • Use interviewers name
  • Assure interviewer has resume
  • Project positive attitude-enthusiasm
Qualification Assessment (15-20 minutes)
  • Questions regarding goals, objectives, education, experience, interests, activities
  • Listen actively
  • Watch for cues for feedback
  • Pride in past performance
  • Answer complete, clear, concise, true
  • No "yes" or "no" answers
Organizational Information Phase (10-20 minutes)
  • Listen
  • Clarify any questions about job-organization
  • Prepare 5-6 questions to ask interviewer
Termination Phase (1-2 minutes)
  • Briefly summarize your strongest qualification
  • Express enthusiasm for the job
  • Make certain you understand next step
  • Thank interviewer