Interviews

Pre-Interview Prep

  • Know the job description and what is required to perform the job.
  • Study the employer website to learn company history, mission statement, values, and important initiatives. 
  • Prepare solid answers to the following questions:
    • What do you know about our company?
    • Why do you want to work here?
    • Tell me about yourself.
  • Know your availability, including specific days, and hours.
  • Prepare at least three thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview.
  • Call the iYES office at 949-724-6741 to schedule a mock interview.

Interview Tips

  • Research company culture and dress appropriate for the job or position you are seeking. It is always better to over-dress than to dress too casually.
  • Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to your schedule interview time and check in.
  • Bring three to four copies of your résumé, even if you already attached it to your job application.
  • Keep your phone off and out of sight prior to and during the interview.
  • Listen for the interviewer's name and repeat it at least once during the interview to build rapport.
  • Don't use vague generalities when answering questions. Instead, provide your real-life experiences in your answers to back up your statements.
  • Be prepared to talk about what you learned in your previous job or leadership roles.
  • Practice talking without saying "like" or "umm."
  • Tie all of your answers back to the job for which you are interviewing. This works wonders!

Need interview practice? Book a mock interview with iYES today. Email us at iyes@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-6741.

Please note: Our office is open by appointment only, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours may be arranged. Call or email to schedule an appointment, and let us know the days and times you are available.