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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 YOURSELF

  • 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.

GENERAL TIPS

  • 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.

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