Office ofCareer Connections

Preparing for an Interview

Congratulations, you have been selected for an interview. Here are some tips that will lead to interview success.

 

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
  • Research the employer and trends in the industry.
  • Prepare a well thought out and concise, 30 second commercial about yourself. Sell yourself!
  • Practice answering “typical” interview questions.
  • Compile specific examples that display your qualifications and characteristics that are relevant to the position. 
  • Be prepared to answer behavior-based interview questions.
  • Complete the Interview Preparation Worksheet.
  • Print extra copies of your resume to bring to the interview.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.  

INTERVIEW DAY:

  • Dress professionally. Create a Professional Appearance.
  • Arrive early to your interview.
  • Be pleasant with everyone you speak with before, during, and after the interview.
  • Speak clearly and provide concise answers.
  • Use appropriate body language.
  • Listen carefully to questions and ask for clarification when necessary.
  • When providing examples, tell about the situation, the action, and the result.
  • It is okay to pause and think before answering a question.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer(s).
  • Express confidence, interest and enthusiasm.
  • Ask questions! Determine the next step in the interview process.

 

AFTER THE INTERVIEW:

 ~Send a thank you note within 24 hours.

 ~After an appropriate amount of time, call to check on the status of the hiring process.