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Preparing for Interviews

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First, be sure you understand the type and format of interview that you are going to have. This will help you determine the best way to prepare for the interview.

5 Steps to Interview Success

  1. Research the company
  2. Review your skills and qualifications and understand how they align with the job requirements
  3. Practice your answers
    • Research typical interview questions and have an idea of how you would respond
    • Do a mock interview and get feedback from a Career Services professional
  4. Be prepared
    • Arrive at least 10 minutes early
    • Plan your interview outfit in advance (Dress for Success)
    • Have extra copies of your resume and references
    • Bring a notepad and pen
    • Prepare a list of questions you have for the company
  5. Follow-up
  • Can you describe a typical first year assignment?
  • What are the most challenging aspects of the job?
  • How would you describe your organization’s culture?
  • Why do you enjoy working for your organization?
  • What initial training will I receive?
  • What opportunities for professional growth does the organization offer?
  • How will I be evaluated and promoted?
  • What are the characteristics of a successful person at your company?
  • What are the organization’s plans for future growth?
  • Be confident. Remember, the recruiter saw something in your resume or previous interaction that was impressive. Go into your interview remembering that this person already likes what he/she saw. An attitude of confidence is one of the best indicators to the employer that you are the person needed for the position.
  • Relax. Interviews are a two-way conversation. You are learning as much about the company and job opportunity as the recruiter is learning about you -- you want to determine if this is a good fit for you.
  • Be specific, not vague. You’ll be much more interesting.
  • Think about your answers ahead of time. Don’t memorize, but have a focus and don’t ramble.
  • Describe why you are interested in the organization and give specific characteristics about the kind of position that you want.
  • Sell yourself. You have a lot to offer a future employer -- make sure that you state what your strengths, skills, and accomplishments are, so the recruiter will see why you are the right candidate.

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