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.
- Job description including skills, experiences, and knowledge employer is seeking
- Mission Statement and Vision
- History and culture of company/organization
- Current initiatives or special projects/accomplishments
- News stories
- Background of the interviewers via LinkedIn
Prepare for Questions
Employers want to know:
- Why are you interested in the job, company, and industry?
- What skills and knowledge will you bring to the position?
- Who are you as a person?
Review your résumé and identify 5-7 relevant skills and qualities for the position. Prepare 5 specific scenarios that demonstrate those skills and qualities. Use the STAR method to describe a scenario:
- Situation: internship, job, volunteer, group project, etc.
- Task: what problem were you solving or action you were asked to take?
- Action: what action did you take to complete the task?
- Results: what was the outcome of that action?
You can also search online for additional interview questions based on job, industry, or company. Talk to faculty, colleagues and alumni in the field, and Career Services staff.
- Ask about the format of the interview: phone, virtual, in-person
- Phone: fully charged phone or landline; find a quiet place to talk
- Virtual: check connections, background, & lighting; find a quiet place
- In-Person: 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.
- Use StandOut, a virtual practice interview platform.
- Conduct mock interviews with Career Services staff, your advisor, or someone in the field.
- Practice answering questions out loud with yourself or a friend.
- Listen for fillers such as “like” and “um”.
- Maintain good posture and eye contact.
- Present a friendly, upbeat, and positive attitude and don’t forget to smile!
Covid – 19 Etiquette
- Prior to in-person interviews, ask about possible Covid-19 protocols
- Use a handshake alternative: a friendly nod or wave
- Keep a respectful distance
- If wearing a mask, speak slowly and clearly, and make sure the other person can hear you
- Be yourself, be prepared.
- Bring a notepad and pen to the interview.
- Respond truthfully in a confident manner.
- Never speak negatively about former employees.
- Come with 5-8 prepared questions to ask the employer
- Always send a Thank You email after every interview