Don’t Want to Be Like Awkward Penguin at Your Next Job Interview?

by Justin Bryant, Director of Technology Services,


Handling a job interview with grace isn’t always an easy task. Candidates are understandably nervous. After all, this one interaction can have a major impact in determining whether that individual is offered a position within the company.


Unfortunately, this nervousness can have a detrimental effect. Employers need employees to be capable of handling any problems that come their way, and evident nervousness can be seen as indicative of a lack of confidence, regardless of whether this is truly the case or not.

That is why it is critical for candidates to keep calm while interviewing for these positions.


  1. Research the Job and the Company. Take the time to research the company and the position you are interviewing for in advance.
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice The more practice you have at interviewing, the more comfortable you’ll be during a job interview.
  3. Know the Facts. Be sure you know your work history, and bring an extra copy of your resume to refer to if you’re nervous and need a reminder.
  4. Take Your Time. Don’t rush to get out a response to an interview question. Briefly think about your response before you answer.
  5. Give Examples. When you respond to interview questions give examples of how you handled related situations. The more specific you are, the more the hiring manager will see that you have the skills to do the job.
  6. Don’t Ramble. Your response to interview questions should be direct and to the point.
  7. Ask for Clarification. Not sure what the interviewer is asking? Its fine to ask for clarification if you’re not sure what is being asked.
  8. Be Direct. When you’re asked about why you left (or are leaving your job) try to keep it positive. Be direct and focus your interview answer on the future, especially if your leaving wasn’t under the best of circumstances.
  9. Keep it Professional. Your responses should be focused on your professional skills and abilities. There is no need to tell the interviewer all about your personal life, your interests, your family, or your hobbies. Most importantly, don’t bring up any work-related issues you might have like having to arrange child care or transportation if you get the job.
  10. Have Questions Ready to Ask. The last question you’ll probably be is asked during a job interview is whether you have questions.
  11. Don’t forget to thank the interviewer. ( A personal hand-written letter is ALWAYS a nice touch)



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