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An interview plan is a schedule of how your interview will go. Creating a plan is critical for having a successful interview.

Your plan should cover the following areas:

  1. What you plan to wear
  2. Opening
  3. Orientation
  4. Body
  5. Closing

In the what you plan to wear section, describe what you plan to wear to make a positive first impression and why you choose to wear it. How is your dress appropriate for the culture of the company?

The opening section clarifies word-for-word how you will greet and prepare the interviewee for the interview.

  • Express your appreciation for his/her willingness to help you and shake his/her hand.
  • In the orientation section, let the interviewee know what to expect in the interview.
  • Remind them the interview is 30 minutes.
  • Let them know you will save time at the end of the interview for them to fill out an evaluation form about the interview.
  • Preview the topics you’ll be asking him/her about.
  • Get permission to use a tape recorder (if applicable).
  • Ask if he/she has any questions before you begin.

The body section has the topics as headings and interview questions under each heading.

  •  Designate each question as either primary (opening a new topic) or secondary (follow-up on a topic)
  • Designate each question either open, closed, or clearinghouse
  • Possible topics:
    • Likes and dislikes about his/her profession
    • Types of training and education he/she would recommend to prepare for this profession
    • Prospects for future employment in the profession
    • Effects of job on personal life
    • Advice he/she would add

In the closing section:

  • Thank the interviewee for his/her time.
  • Invite them the fill out the Evaluation. Read the instructions with them, assuring them their answers will not affect your grade. Wait while he/she fills it out. Add details to the notes you took of the interview while you are waiting.
  •  Ask for a business card or address so you can send a thank you letter
  • Take a photo of you and the interviewee to document you were there

Your interview should follow this example

Actions , however, you will create your own topics and questions.