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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 (video resource) and get feedback from a Career Services professional
    • Practice using a recorded mock interview through InterviewStream
  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

At the end of your interview, the recruiter will likely ask if you have any questions.  These questions should be thoughtful -- they can provide critical insight to the prospective employer.  This is also an opportunity for you to make sure this employer and position are the right fit for you.  Use this list to help you formulate your own questions:

  • 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.

Additional Resources

  • How to Answer "What is your biggest weakness?: This can be a tricky question to answer.  Here is some additional insight on  addressing this specific question.
  • Interviewing Information: Interview preparation, dressing for the interview, sample questions, and phone interview techniques.
  • InterviewStreamThis is an interview practicing tool that allows you to access a variety of collected video questions and practice recording your answers.  You can play back and critique your responses. 
  • Preparing for the Second Interview: Expect different questions and different people at the second interview!



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