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Interview Advice

Use the following tips in your preparation for your next interview. Be sure to schedule a Mock Interview appointment with a Career Specialist to get you prepared for the big day.

Being prepared is one of the best strategies to help you ace your interview. To the extent that you can, know who will be interviewing you (sometimes there will be multiple people), know the questions they will ask (Glassdoor.com has a list of questions for specific companies that may be helpful) and bring extra copies of your professional documents (resume, portfolio, etc.).

Then it's time to practice. Remember, the interviewer is trying to get to know you and see if you will be a good fit for the position and company. Prepare questions for the interviewer about the company and position. Be smart enough to know which questions are and aren't appropriate.

After you have been interviewed, write a thank you note to the interviewer and those who helped you to get the interview.

  • Be prepared: do your research
  • Be practiced (ie.mock interviews)
  • Follow-up with a thank you note

Interview Preparation

  • Research the company: vision, goals, top competitors
  • Research the position and the tasks associated with the position
  • Prepare your STAR responses and practice them
  • Schedule a Mock Interview with your Career Specialist
  • Call ahead to find out details about location, parking, etc.
  • Take a practice drive to the interview location to estimate travel time
  • Wear your professional outfit beforehand to ensure you feel comfortable wearing it
  • Prepare 3-5 questions to ask during the interview—make sure the answer is not answered on their website
  • Prepare business cards with your contact information
  • Research tips for preparing for a Virtual Interview 

Interview Day

  • Dress professionally: clean, ironed professional clothes. Check with your Career Specialist on proper wardrobe etiquette
  • Leave all electronics in the car
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Greet the receptionist and anyone else you may meet along the way to the interview
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and portfolio
  • Bring business cards
  • Eat, you do not want a rumbling stomach to distract you or the employer

During the Interview

  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact as you do, and smile
  • Address interviewers by last name, unless invited to do otherwise
  • Be enthusiastic about the position
  • Be positive in all the responses
  • Speak clearly and with conviction
  • When unsure about a question, ask for clarification
  • Find out the next steps in the job process
  • Be prepared with your 3-5 questions, it is okay to bring out a portfolio and read them, if necessary
  • You may ask for business cards or you can collect them after the interview in the reception area
  • Express sincere gratitude as you shake hands at the end of the interview

After Interview

  • If you didn’t receive business cards during interview, collect them at the front desk from the receptionist
  • Take down notes to remember key details
  • On all correspondence, address the interviewer professionally by their last name              
  • Send thank you cards/emails within 24 hours after the interview to each interviewer. Be sure to use your notes to write something specific in order to individualize the note

Interview Pitfalls

  • Do not assume that you have the job because you have interview. An interview does not equal a job offer
  • Do not inquire about salary during the interview
  • Do not chew gum or have candy in your mouth during the interview
  • Do not act desperate
  • Do not lie in your responses, if you do not know something, truthfully acknowledge it or answer to the best of your abilities

 

Preparation Tips

Job Negotiation Tips

STAR Response Method

Career Readiness

Thank-You Notes and   Follow-up

Case Interviews

Telling Your Story 

 

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