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Interviewing at Tanner

Preparing for an interview

One-on-one interviews require a great deal of preparation. After you’ve submitted your application and have been called to set a date and time for an interview, the real planning begins.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a great interview:

  • Woman being interviewedDress for success – Be clean and well-groomed. Dress appropriately for the position. Items to consider would be a solid-colored suit, matching shirt, conservative shoes and minimal jewelry. If you do not have a suit, wear something clean and conservative. Items to avoid include flip-flops, shorts, tank-tops, hats, etc.
  • Research the organization and the job position – Do an online search of the company and learn as much as you can about it.
  • Interview questions – Prepare for commonly asked questions. Practice describing yourself, your work performance and skills.
  • During the interview – Arrive at least 10 minutes early. Make eye contact, smile and shake hands firmly with each person you meet.
  • Closing the interview – Restate your interest in the position, thank the interviewer and shake hands when leaving.
  • Post interview – Follow up with the interviewer by sending a thank-you letter within a day or two of the interview.

Do’s and don’ts of interviewing


  • Do come prepared.
  • Do dress appropriately.
  • Do bring any items needed, such as a license, diploma and list of references.
  • Do shake hands and be friendly with everyone you meet.
  • Do remain calm.
  • Do state your interest in the position.
  • Do thank the interviewer for his/her time.


  • Don’t be late.
  • Don’t chew gum.
  • Don’t wear excessive cologne or perfume.
  • Don’t exaggerate or falsify prior employment or educational experience.
  • Don’t criticize past or present employers.
  • Don’t stray off the point.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer.

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