This is most likely the “make or break” part of the job search process. It can be intensive and you will be asked a lot of questions so the interviewer can get to know you. Do your homework and be prepared.
Know What To Say
- Review your résumé and know what you want to say about your experiences, skills, education, and other qualifications.
- Connect your skills and knowledge to the job requirements while aligning yourself with the company or organization.
Research the Company/Organization
- Mission Statement and Vision
- History and culture of company of company/organization
- Current initiatives or special projects/accomplishments
- News stories
Preparing for Questions
- Search online for typical interview questions based on job, industry, or company.
- Talk to faculty, colleagues and alumni in the field, and ACA staff.
- Come with 5-8 prepared questions to ask the employer
- Know the location of the interview and how long it will take you to get there. Be early.
- Print extra copies of your résumé to bring to the interview.
- The initial interview may be conducted by phone. The general preparation for a phone interview is the same as an in-person interview.
- Answer questions out loud through practice with yourself or a friend.
- Conduct mock interviews with ACA staff, your advisor or someone in the field.
- Be careful of your speech by avoiding fillers such as “like” and “um”.
- Firm handshake.
- Good posture and eye contact.
- Upbeat and positive attitude which includes smiling!
- Friendly demeanor.
- Be yourself, be prepared.
- Respond truthfully in a confident manner.
- Never speak negatively about former employees.
- Turn your cell phone off and put it away!
- Don’t use your cell phone as a watch, just wear one.