Interviewing for Jobs and Internships
Your super awesome resume landed you an interview! Now what? You can wing it (not recommended) or nail it! To nail the interview, you need to prepare, prepare, prepare! The purpose of the interview is to determine if you're a fit for the organization and the position. How you prepare makes all the difference!
The most common type of interview is the one-on-one interview with in-depth interview questions. You should be familiar with other types of interviews, including informational interviews, which are primarily used for networking and individuals considering a job change in a new industry or field.
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Before the Interview
- Research the organization's background, mission, major customers and recent news.
- Reference the position description and be prepared for specific questions.
- Set up a mock interview with a Career Advisor or employer through Career Services.
- Determine professional and appropriate attire for the position.
- Know the exact location of the interview and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview.
Sample Interview Questions/Resources
- View the Sample Interview Questions
- Learn about the The STAR Method
- View the Job Interview Cheat Sheet
- Know the Questions to Ask Employers
- Steps to Preparing for your Mock Interview / Submit your Mock Interview Assessment Form
Dressing for the Interview
- Professional dress is a must to make a great first impression!
- Women – Professional Dress Tips
- Men – Professional Dress Tips
- Conduct an Internet search for visual examples of business professional attire
- When in doubt, call Career Services!
During the Interview
- Be courteous and respectful to everyone you meet; employers may ask their staff for input on your interactions.
- Turn off your phone and do not use it while waiting for the interview. In fact, leave it in your vehicle.
- Stay positive and show enthusiasm for the position and opportunity to interview.
- Avoid negative body language and distracting behaviors (i.e., clicking pen, etc.)
- Do not chew gum or candy
After the Interview
- Send a thank you note to each of your interviewers. A professional email is also appropriate.
- Follow-up with a phone call or email if you have not heard from the employer within the time period indicated for a decision.
- Continue your job search until you’ve accepted a job offer