Interviewing for a new position can be nerve racking and stressful. We invite you to read through our suggested tips below to help ease some of the stressors you may have before you interview.


Practicing is always a great idea to help sharpen your skills. Come prepared with stories that relate to the skills and qualifications we are looking for, while emphasizing your:

  • strengths
  • willingness to work and flexibility
  • leadership skills ability and willingness to learn new things
  • contributions to the organizations in which you have worked or volunteered
  • creativity in solving problems and working with people

Ask the Interviewer Questions

The questions that you ask will demonstrate your interest in the job and the company. This might include questions or comments about information you learned from the company website. Also ask questions about the position you are applying for:

  • What will my day-to-day responsibilities be?
  • Could you explain the organizational structure?
  • What computer equipment and software will I be using?
  • What growth opportunities are available?

Be Prepared

On the day of the interview:

  • Plan your schedule so you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • Dress professionally, appropriate to the job.
  • Leave your electronic devices, coffee, soda, or backpack at home or in your car.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and references
  • Bring your sense of humor and SMILE!

Be Confident

  • Let the interviewer lead the conversation and be confident in your response. Send a positive message with your body language.
  • Shake hands firmly.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Listen carefully and welcome all questions with a smile.
  • Give honest, clear answers.
  • Develop answers in your head before you respond.
  • If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated or clarified.
  • You don’t have to rush, but you don’t want to appear indecisive.

End With a Good Impression

  • A positive end to the interview is another way to ensure your success. Be courteous and allow the interview to end on time.
  • Conclude with any strengths and experiences that you might not have emphasized earlier.
  • Mention an accomplishment or activity that fits the position.lf you want the job, say so!
  • Find out if there will be additional interviews and next steps in the process.
  • Ask when the employer plans to make a decision.
  • Indicate a time when you may contact the employer to learn of the decision.

Send a Thank You Note

Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview is good interview etiquette, and it reinforces your interest in the position.


Disclaimer: The information is provided as a courtesy. By utilizing this information, you understand that Lyon County Bank provides no guarantee of employment either explicitly or implied.

Last Updated: May 10, 2016