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:
- What you plan to wear
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.