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Stand out from the rest at your next interview

Nick Collins

Nick Collins

You’ve submitted an application and been called for an interview… great! This is your chance to shine!  But you’ve got to be ready.  Here are tips to make that happen.

First, conduct research on the organization.  Is it on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list? Go to to see what employees say about the organization.  Then visit the organization’s website.  Last, but not least, Google the name of the organization to read any related news articles. This due diligence will not only provide you with the confidence that considering this organization will be worth it, but it also will impress those who interview you by showing you’ve done your homework.

Once you are familiar with the organization, prepare for the interview itself.  This will boost your chances of doing well.  Here are a few guidelines to follow.

BEFORE the Interview, get prepared:

  •      Study the job description closely. 
  •      Be prepared to explain how you meet every one of the required qualifications.
  •      Think of ways to communicate the results you achieved on the job or doing volunteer work.
  •      How will you sell the hiring manager on why you would be a great fit for the organization? 
  •      Rehearse answers to the really tough questions that are likely to come up.
  •      Write down questions of your own to ask. Here are a few suggestions.

DURING the interview, make sure you put your best foot forward:

  •      Dress appropriately, arrive a few minutes early, and turn off your cellphone.
  •      Be friendly, use the interviewer’s name, smile and give a firm handshake.
  •      Convey enthusiasm,  make good eye contact, and be aware of your tone of voice and posture.
  •      If appropriate, present a neatly displayed sample of your work.
  •      Speak clearly and concisely, and use appropriate grammar.
  •      Avoid mentioning personal issues.
  •      Don’t criticize former employers, teachers or co-workers.
  •      Explain why you would be a strong fit for the position and for the organization.
  •      Expect the unexpected, such as oddball interview questions.
  •      Toward the end, ask the questions you prepared ahead of time that haven’t yet been answered, and ask these two other final questions.
  •      Close by assuring the manager of your strong interest in the position and thanking him or her for their time; then ask what the next steps are.  (When will the manager decide whom to hire and how will  you be notified, one way or the other?)
  •      Do NOT close by saying you think you are the perfect fit for the job.  Without knowing who your competition is, you can’t be sure of that and saying so indicates you reach conclusions without knowing all of the facts.

If you follow these steps, you will have given yourself the best shot possible of getting a job offer.

68 Responses

  1. anez August 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Hello Patti this is Alban again and I was just wondering if there were any ways or resources that you recommend when searching for a job that could not only earn me the opportunity of a interview but potentially a job.
    So that I may increase my chances and better my interview skills.
    Thanks, Alban Neziri

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      I will send some tips to your email address.


      • anez August 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

        Thanks so much!

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge August 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

          You are more than welcome, Alban.

    • Charles December 29, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Interview tips are great! But, if your applying at the store level developing some type of professional relationship with the store and assistant store manager is as beneficial as interview skills. Shopping there regularly, seeking management and reminding them your ultimate goal is to work for Publix and to become part of the Publix family. And have they had a chance to review your application? also have a small piece of paper(business card size) with your name on it hand it to him or her. This way they have your name in their hand. Makes looking up your application easier.

      • Patti Breckenridge
        Patti Breckenridge December 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

        Excwellent advice, Charles!

  2. munecanpito7 August 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi looking 2 apply 4 a part-time position 4 myself n my boys r looking 4 part-time jobs also how do we go about applying??? Please help

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 11, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Please go to a store to apply. Look for the Job Application Center kiosk. Surrounding stores will be able to see your information.


  3. tpenrod August 20, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Patti I am currently working on my Bachelors degree in Operations and Project Management and was curious to what positions Publix has that would fall under This category. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm #


      Both are very valuable but very few of our positions require that degree. That means you can apply it to many positions.
      We have project managers in many corporate departments. They key is finding openings where you meet the other required qualifications, particularly expertise in Microsoft Office and any work experience relevant to the role.
      I encourage you to research our corporate set-up at careers.


  4. marie1983 August 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Patti the latin people has opportunities in the store.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Please share your thoughts with your manager or with the Associate Relations Specialist listed on the wall in your break room.


  5. shanell August 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Wanted to know how long does it take for them to get back to you after you take the pre employment test battery I took it on August11, 2014 I have not heard anything back yet but on my application status it says that they are considering me the position applied for was warehouse selector Pm low velocity -Atlanta thanks have a great afternoon ….

  6. h1ortiz August 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Hello Patti this is Hector I recently applied for two positions and have taken the assessment test on august 15 and both have a status of considering. Still checking e mails daily but no response Any steps I can take next. Thank you.

    • h1ortiz September 1, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      The positions I applied for are warehouse selector,am low velocity in Lakeland and the other is warehouse associate,ists also in Lakeland. Thank you Hector Ortiz

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 2, 2014 at 10:52 am #


      Please email for an update.


      • h1ortiz September 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

        Thank you.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge September 3, 2014 at 10:59 am #

          You are most welcome.


  7. samuel velez September 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Hello my name is Samuel Velez I recently applied for mecanic B and also for mecanic C I think this is my third time that I have applied for those positions and they keep not considering me for the position and I now that I have the tools and expirience for those jobs I will like if you can give me some advise of what i can do. Because I will like to start working with Publix again the fist time I was working as a Selector in the Sand Lake warehouse but I had to live when my father died. That I had to live to Puerto Rico but I will love to start working for Publix again If they give me the oportunity .so sincerly I will like your advice. Thanks Samuel Velez

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 3, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      I will have someone from the Employment Office check your application history and provide you with some advice.


  8. jovestdulcio September 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    hey i took the pre-employment test for warehouse selector in Jacksonville, Fl and i have applied 3 times since June 13 each time they have an opening ..i checked website everyday. i recently applied this past Friday and i call HR yesterday and she told me that i needed to take the test each time i applied and so i waited on test and never i only received it the first time i applied so i talked to Fiesta from Lakeland yesterday office and she told me that i can only take the test once a year and i should call Stacy back and let her know .. i have been calling but i know she is always busy so i dont want to continue to always calling and bug her.. but what you think i should do??

    • jovestdulcio September 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      I have the experience needed for this job and i am really interested in this position.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Please email She is in the Employment Office and can help you.


      • jovestdulcio September 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

        ok i just sent exactly what i said on here to her

        • jovestdulcio September 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

          thanks by the way.. hopefully this will help me out

      • aliyadj September 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm #


        I recently had an interview here in Atlanta at the warehouse for a Security Officer position. I was wondering how long does it usually take to hear something back? Is it via email or by phone?

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge September 5, 2014 at 10:23 am #

          You should receive a phone call if you are selected and an email if you are not. There is not set timetable. It depends on how fast the hiring manager moves. If you don’t hear anything within two weeks, please email

          Thank you for your interest in working at Publix!


  9. bbygurl77 September 4, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Good morning, I am a current Publix employee attempting to request a transfer to Charlotte, NC. I have emailed several stores to inquire about availability, but I also know that new stores will be opening at the end of this year. Who should I contact to inquire about the new stores and their availability? Thanks in advance.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 5, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      The printable Charlotte Division Transfer Request form is located on PASSPORT at Personal > Career & Self Development > Charlotte division. Information on the timeline for new stores is located at
      I hope this helps.


  10. jovestdulcio September 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Hey I have another question, I received an email for an interview for Atlanta.. and I’m waiting on the email from Jacksonville , that is my first option that I want to go with… If not then I will definitely go with Atlanta. I was just asking is it possible that I can/will still get an appointment/interview with Jacksonville warehouse even though I received one from Atlanta?
    I applied for Atlanta on Aug 27th and Jacksonville on Aug 29

  11. Annabelle Sikorski September 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Hello Patti,

    I applied for the Corporate Marketing Communications Manager position: Job Id # 10436, on July 26, 2014, that still lists an application status of considering, but have not received any communications, email or phone. Any steps I can take next to schedule an interview? Thank you very much.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 8, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      After you applied, we sent you two emails, one acknowledging receipt of your application and the other saying you met the minimum qualifications and thus you will be considered. The hiring manager is reviewing the applications. You either will be called for an interview or you will receive an email saying you no longer are being considered. I hope this helps you understand our process.


      • Annabelle Sikorski September 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

        Thank you very much! This does help. I am excited as it seems there is still hope I will be contacted to interview for the position! I appreciate your help.


        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge September 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

          You are more than welcome.


  12. jfernandez31 September 10, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Hello Patti,

    I applied for an IT job in Lakeland and went in for an interview. I felt as though the interview went well and felt confident about fulfilling the position. I received an email stating that they have decided to peruse another candidate, but I now see that the position has been re-posted.
    I have the qualifications and experience they are asking for. Any insight on why this could be?

  13. jovestdulcio September 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    My status for produce selector for Atlanta went from considering to further processing back to considering .. after I took drug test two days ago..I know I passed .. is there any reason it went back to considering??

    • jovestdulcio September 18, 2014 at 12:00 am #

      I already did interview ..background check and drug test 2 days ago

  14. September 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    My name is Sarah ,I applied for a job in Publix , in 9/17/14 and they did not call me can you help me , and thank you so much 3>

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 26, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Sarah. If you applied for a job in one of our stores, you would only be contacted if you were one of the candidates invited to an interview. Feel free to speak to a manager at any Publix stores you would be interested in working at. Let them know why you would make a great Publix associate. We receive thousands of applications, so helping the managers put a face to the name can help.


  15. September 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    thanks, i will go to publix , and i will to talk with the managers thanks for help patti

  16. publixitapplicant December 9, 2014 at 9:08 am #


    I have been applying for Publix Corporate IT positions for a few months now. For most of them, I feel I met all the qualifications listed in the job description, and even though I pass the initial screening, I keep getting the same email saying “we have reviewed your application and have decided to pursue other candidates” a few days later. I am very interested in joining and contributing to the Publix culture. Is it possible to get some feedback to know what parts of the application should I improve or on what skills should I get more experience?

    Thank you in advance.

  17. anyana December 10, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    Hola quisiera saber como puedo terminar de hacer mi aplicacion, pues empece en el publix pero la mawuina se frizo y me dije rd on que el cuestionario lo podia hace rd online me pydieran decir donde esta para terminarlo? Gracias

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Si está solicitando empleo en la tienda, usted debe completar la solicitud en la tienda. Los gerentes de la tienda pueden comunicarse con nuestro equipo técnico en la oficina central si necesita más ayuda.


  18. faithleanne77 January 13, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    After you apply to Publix, should you receive a confirmation email?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      Yes, if you included an email address on your application. However, sometimes the emails get stuck in spam folders.


  19. ceesouza January 15, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Hiiii there , I had applied & was told I got the job when I went in on the 5th for my interview, did the drug test aswell & was told she would recieve it that same week… Yet no call usually how long does it take for the drug test to get back?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 16, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      The drug test doesn’t take long but the criminal background check can. Feel free to email for an update.


  20. wesley305509 March 12, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Hello pati, i have been trying to get to one of publix warehouse in south florida for years everytime i applied i got a message say An initial review of your qualifications indicates that you meet the minimum requirements of the position you applied for. then a couple days later i got a message that say We have reviewed your application and have decided to pursue other candidates. We encourage you to review other open positions at our Careers site, why?

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    • Marcy
      Marcy March 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Wesley,

      I am Marcy, the new Manager of Talent Acquisition at Publix Super Markets; Patti has retired. Each time you apply for a position at Publix, you are going up against a different pool of applicants. It sounds like in the past, you met all of the required qualifications which is why you received the initial email response. The other applicants in the may have also met the preferred qualifications which may be why we decided to pursue other candidates. I encourage you to keep trying because sometimes it does take years to get your foot in the door. Remember that each time you apply, you’re in a new pool of applicants and our hiring managers thoughtfully review everyone’s qualifications.

      I hope that helps answer your question.

      Have a nice day,

  21. bella1963 March 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Marcy, I sent a comment to Patti, just yesterday 3/12/15 not sure if you will get the comment or not. My name is Tina Carnrite, I had an interview with the Manager at Publix Church hill Ocala, FL. It has been over 3 weeks for a background check and was wondering why it takes so long to get it back. I recently worked at Bank of America so I know they do an extensive check and it only took two weeks. Can you help me find out when I may hear back about the position. The Manager told me I would have the job once they receive the background info. I need to start work as soon as possible, since I am out of work with not income. Thank you Tina.

    • bella1963 March 14, 2015 at 10:00 am #

      I forgot to add my email, Thanks Tina

    • Marcy
      Marcy March 15, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Hi Tina,

      I did receive your message and I responded to it on Friday around 4:00. Did you not see that response? I’m new to this blog so if you don’t see it, let me know and I’ll try again.

      Thank you!

      • Marcy
        Marcy March 15, 2015 at 9:43 am #

        Hi Tina,

        My response to your comment to Patti was under the “black holes” blog. I’ve checked it and it’s there. The store will have the background check results back soon. Sometimes we experience delays with the agency. My apologies.

        I hope this helps,

  22. bdbbran12 April 14, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Hi my name is Brandon do you know how long it’s takes for the drug test and background check to come back

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      Hi Brandon,

      It can take a week or two to receive the results but on rare occasions it may take a little longer than that. What position did you apply to and when did you take your drug test and background check?


  23. ylber0327 November 19, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Hi my name is Ylber and I recently went in 3 days ago to talk to the hiring manager about hiring me and she said they are looking for some help so she printed my application and told me she’d talk to the manager about setting up an interview and I haven’t gotten a call yet and I was just wondering how long would it take for me to get a call, and if you could give me the stores email or hiring managers email that’d be great, my store is in Clearwater, Florida on Missouri street, and the hiring managers name is Cathy, thank you!

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell November 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Ylber, that’s great that you had an interview! It can take a few days for hiring managers to line up all those they’d care to interview, but I suggest you simply stop in and follow up with Cathy in person.

  24. haasda January 28, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    I applied for the mail courier position in Lakeland, Fl. How long is the process after you take the assessment test? I check site daily I am listed as under consideration. Is there anything I can do to help process along and let them know I am still want the job?

    Thank You

    David Haas

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell January 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      That’s great that you applied and were invited to take the assessment. It can take several weeks for hiring managers to review all of the applications. You’ll be notified if you are among those considered most qualified for the position.

  25. William April 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Hello, my name is William Yates. I did my aglitiy test and drug test a week ago. How long can that take to get the results.

    • Maura Satchell April 29, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Hi William, it can take several days — a week or longer — for all applicant reviews to be completed. Best of luck!

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