Interviewing

Leave them with no choice but to hire you.

Your palms begin to sweat, voice gets shaky, and stomach does a flip. Trust us, we get it! Selling yourself on paper seems simple… But in person?! It can be scary. But, not to fear. Like any good athlete, you need to practice and prepare before going into the game! From questions to ask, strategies to use, and even mock-interview opportunities, you’ve got the ingredients you need for a batch of success.

Types of Interviews

Questions you might be asked

General questions an interviewer may ask you

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Questions to Ask

Sample questions to ask an interviewer

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Practice Makes Perfect

Have a big job or internship interview coming up and not sure how to prepare? Like any good athlete, you need to practice before going into the game! Let us assist you in making a strategic game plan for acing your interview and landing the job.

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What to do Before, After, and During the Interview

An interview is your opportunity to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the position you want!

  • Before the Interview

    Before for the Interview

    Know yourself

    Be able to discuss your career goals, skills, strengths, and accomplishments. Prepare specific examples of your experiences that demonstrate how your background, skills, and interests match the organization’s needs.

    Research the employer

    In addition to reviewing the employer’s website, useful information can be found by searching recent news and articles of the organization on sites like Glassdoor, Hoovers and Business Source Complete. Knowing  the employer thoroughly will help set you apart during the interview process.

    Practice your interview skills

    Schedule a mock interview through handshake in the Office of Personal and Career Development and use Interview Stream to practice before your real interview.

     

  • During the Interview

    Arrive early.
    Arrive 10-15 minutes early.

    Dress Appropriately.

    General dress guidelines. 

    Body language.

    Offer a firm handshake in greeting and at the close of the interview. Maintain eye contact. Avoid nervous mannerisms, such as fidgeting or touching your hair or face. Don’t cross your arms or hold things in front of your body. Sit up straight. Speak in a strong, confident tone of voice.

    Listen.

    Try to ascertain why particular questions are being asked before responding. If needed, ask for clarification.

    Answer questions.

    Employers commonly ask general questions and behavioral questions. When answering these questions, emphasize your strengths, what you have learned from past experience, and how you solved problems in response to challenges.

    Ask questions.

    Ask questions to show that you have researched the organization and have a willingness to learn more about it.

    Be enthusiastic!

    Enthusiasm is the most important part of the interview. Be excited about the opportunity. Speak positively regarding your past work and educational experiences as well as past employers. Smile!

  • After the Interview

    Follow-up with a thank you letter!