Prepare for Interviews
The interview process can be one of the most challenging times for college students. Interviewing is a skill that requires time and practice. To make your interviews successful, schedule a practice interview appointment with an adviser in the Career Center.
Now that you have scheduled an interview, follow these tips:
- Know Yourself:
- Review the job description and think about how you fit the job.
- Make a list of your key skills, abilities and the qualities you have that can benefit the organization.
- Google yourself and double check your social networking sites to assure they represent you in a professional way.
- Know the Organization:
- Complete in-depth research on the organization. Make sure you know the job description and how you fit the organizations needs. This is a very important, as many candidates do not do the necessary research. If you do the research, you will shine in the interview!
- Dress and Act the Part:
- Dress professionally. Make sure you are conveying a first impression that is polished, positive, credible, and confident. A suit is mandatory!
- Prepare a list of possible interview questions and practice your responses. Mock interviews are highly recommended to make your job search successful!
- Take a drive to the interview location, before the interview day. Know where you are going, distance and peak traffic times.
- Use a nice portfolio notebook to carry extra copies of your resume and any other important documents you might need. Don’t forget a pen.
- Gather business cards from each person you meet throughout the interview. Send a thank-you letter within 24 hours of the interview.