Keys for Successful Interviewing
KNOW THE POSITION
- Carefully review and understand position description.
- When a written description is unavailable, ask the hiring manager for details and/or speak with professionals you know at the organization or in the same industry.
- Understand the desired/required qualifications, and be ready to share relevant examples from your experiences.
KNOW THE ORGANIZATION
- Research the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
- Be familiar with the organization’s products/services as well as recent news and trends.
- Be prepared to share specific ways you will help the organization reach its goals.
- Know what is on your resume and be prepared to elaborate and offer specific examples.
- Create a list of strengths and skills you have to offer that relate to the position.
- Come up with brief stories about your past skills, strengths, and accomplishments to illustrate your experience and skills; real-life examples provide evidence of your abilities.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early and turn off your cell phone.
- Use effective non-verbal communication: a firm handshake, friendly smile, and appropriate eye contact.
- Remember that body language can help convey confidence, enthusiasm, and interest.
- Be courteous to everyone and speak positively about others (faculty, past employers, etc.).
- Always be sincere and honest.
- Research salary information so that, if asked, you have a reasonable range in mind.
- Prepare several questions to ask the employer.
- Keep in mind that interviewing is a two-way process; throughout the interview, be observant and obtain additional information that will help you determine whether the position/employer is a good fit.
- Collect business cards from all interviewers and promptly send separate thank you notes (email and/or mail) and any requested materials.
- At the conclusion of the interview, ask about the next step in the process and when you will be contacted.
- If you have not heard from the employer by the date they said they would contact you, allow 1-2 extra days, then take the initiative to follow up.
WAYS TO STAND OUT
- Prepare a portfolio; bring a tablet or print out to showcase your portfolio during the interview.
- Research interviewers’ profiles on LinkedIn; knowing about their background can help you establish rapport.
- Present yourself professionally by being well-dressed and groomed; visit Career Services’ website for videos and tips on professional attire.
- Prepare thoroughly to demonstrate your genuine interest in the position and ensure that you share the most relevant information with the employer.