It may be tempting, after making it through the online application process and being scheduled for an interview, to think that your government job is close to being in the bag. Sure, take a moment to celebrate making it through the first round (it’s a feat worthy of celebration), but keep your eye on the ball; interviews are exceedingly important for closing the deal. Consider it the last stage of the assessment process.
While Federal government interviews vary in length and format. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Know the mission of the agency you are being interviewed for. Understand who the agency is, what mission they seek to accomplish and how you can serve with your skillset. This can give you an edge by showing the interviewer you have done your research and have interest in participating in the mission and goals of the agency.
- Keep on hand the questionnaires or KSA’s (knowledge, skills and abilities) that were asked in the job announcement. This will be covered in the interview process. So keep in mind your answers to the questions.
- Be professionally dressed. Keep eye contact with your interviewer. It shows confidence. Be open, friendly and professional. If you are nervous, it’s o.k. to admit it to the interviewer. They will already have noticed it and will appreciate your acknowledgement of it.
- Arrive 15 minutes early. Knowing the address to the location of the interview and what manner of parking is available, will help you avoid unforeseen problems.
- Have a copy of your job announcement package.
- Know the name, job title and function if possible of the person who is conducting the interview. Address the person by their name when possible. It establishes a deeper connection.