How to Prepare for an Interview
Even if you look great on paper, an in-person or virtual job interview will allow the hiring manager to determine if your skills and experience align with the job duties. You will have the opportunity during your interview to answer job related question and provide work-related examples demonstrating your knowledge, skills and abilities. You will also obtain information to help you decide if that job is the right one for you. The interview is really your last chance to stand out from the other candidates by showing how well you communicate, and that your skills match the requirements of the job.
- Research the organization.
- Study the duty statement (job description) and prepare how your skills align with the position.
- Prepare your responses to the critical skills of the job which are outlined in the duty statement (job description) by using the STAR method.
- S: Situation
- T: Task
- A: Action
- R: Result
- Anticipate possible interview questions. You can look online and get yourself familiarized with common behavioral based interview questions to give you a baseline of the types of questions your interviewer may ask.
- Be prepared to discuss anything that is included on your resume.
- Dress to impress: Dress professionally and look the part.
- Arrive to your interview on time (early is best).
- Be professional and introduce yourself to the panel.
- If your interviewer asks for specific documents (DGS OHR 18, references, etc.) ahead of time, make sure to bring them.
- Bring several copies of your resume, references, or any other helpful documents to share with the panel.
- Follow up after the interview with a thank you email.
Department of General Services
Office of Human Resources
West Sacramento, CA 95605