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Interviewing

interviewAn interview is your opportunity to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the position you want!

Below are some helpful tips on what to do before, during, and after your interview.

Additionally, career coaches are available to facilitate mock interviews so you can flex your interviewing muscles. Schedule your mock interview today!

Know yourself

Being able to discuss your career goals, skills, strengths, and accomplishments is an important component of successful interviewing. Prepare specific examples of your experiences that demonstrate how your background, skills, and interests match the organization’s needs.

If you want to explore more language on how to articulate your skills and experiences, consider taking the Focus2 Assessment or Myers Briggs Type Indicator. These are helpful tools for learning more about your interests and how they connect to future work.

Research the employer

In addition to reviewing the employer’s website, useful information can be found by searching recent news and articles of the organization on sites like LinkedInGlassdoorCareerOneStopGoogle News, or the organization's Social Media site. Knowing the employer thoroughly will help set you apart during the interview process.

Practice your interview skills

Like any good athlete, you need to practice before going into the game! Let your career coach assist you in making a strategic game plan for acing your interview and landing the job. Schedule a Mock Interview Handshake to practice before your real interview to boost your confidence.

Arrive early.

Arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Dress Appropriately.

Research the company culture and dress accordingly.

Body Language.

Offer a firm handshake in greeting and at the close of the interview. Maintain eye contact. Avoid nervous mannerisms, such as fidgeting or touching your hair or face. Don’t cross your arms or hold things in front of your body. Sit up straight. Speak in a strong, confident tone of voice.

Listen.

Try to ascertain why particular questions are being asked before responding. If needed, ask for clarification.

Answer questions.

Employers commonly ask general questions and behavioral questions. When answering these questions, emphasize your strengths, what you have learned from past experience, and how you solved problems in response to challenges.

Ask questions.

Ask questions to show that you have researched the organization and have a willingness to learn more about it. Here are some sample questions to ask employers at an interview.

Be enthusiastic!

Enthusiasm is the most important part of the interview. Be excited about the opportunity. Speak positively regarding your past work and educational experiences as well as past employers. Smile!

Follow up

Always take the time to send a thank you letter or email! Best to send within 24 hours of the interview. Here is some sample language for a post-interview thank you.