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Interviewing Tools & Resources

An interview is an employer's chance to evaluate you as a prospective employee for their company, and also grants you an opportunity to gather information about the employer to determine whether the position is a good fit. Preparing in advance will help you maintain composure and make a positive impression.

Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

Good interviewing skills do not come naturally. Here are a few basic recommendations for interview preparation:

  • Research - the company, industry, history, job title, and occupation, and yourself. Know the strengths and skills you offer, and the value of your degree or experience.
  • Prepare answering interview questions - review traditional and behavioral type questions and prepare answers that incorporate your strengths, skills, and fit.
  • Practice answering your questions - record yourself and listen to the playback, or arrange a mock interview with the career center or professional contact in the industry.
  • Dress for success - first impressions are made in the first 5 seconds. Always wear a business suit, unless the employer tells you otherwise.
  • ABC – Always be closing. Ensure the interviewer clearly understands your skills and experience and how you are a great fit. Emphasize this point throughout the interview.

3 Must-Dos

  • Ask interviewer(s) 2-4 researched questions at the end of the interview.
  • Request a business card from each person you met that day and state how much you enjoyed meeting with them.
  • Send a thank you card or e-mail to each person with whom you met within 1-2 days of the interview. Tailor your message to each individual and remind them of your enthusiasm for the position.