Prior to the Interview
- Research the company - What is their mission? Goals? Look at the company website, news articles or other resources to learn more about the company.
- Invest in a professional outfit - Be sure that it fits you properly and is appropriate for the interview.
- Determine the location of the interview - How long will it take to travel?: Where can you park? How much does it cost to park? If long distance, where can you lodge?
- Arrive at the location in a timely manner - 10 minutes early.
- Anticipate possible questions and prepare answers - PRACTICE answering questions!!
- Build confidence by preparing for the interview.
- Assess yourself - How can you be an asset or benefit to the company? What sets you apart from others in the same degree field?
- Get a good night's rest.
- Leave cell phone in car or shut it off.
During the Interview
- It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression - Attitude and body language are key components.
- The interview starts as soon as you arrive.
- Treat all employees with respect. Sometimes, employees are asked for candidate feedback.
- Enter the interview room with confidence. Stand up straight, give a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact. Sit toward the front of your chair and lean forward slightly as you answer questions.
- Focus on the interview.
- Ask questions.
- Get business cards or contact information interviewers for follow-up information.
- Avoid vocalized pauses - like, ya know, umm, uhh. Organize your thoughts before responding.
- Avoid using jargon.
- Avoid slang - This is a formal setting.
- Avoid interrupting the interviewer - This can be viewed as rude.
- Avoid asking about salary and benefits in the initial interview.
- Be honest and be yourself.
- Ask how the decision process will proceed.
- Express your interest in the job.
- If you are being reimbursed for travel expenses, ask what information they need to complete the process.
- If you are offered the job at the close of the interview, ask if you can get the offer in writing and when they need your decision.
After the Interview
- Follow up immediately, within 24 hours, with a thank you letter or email - reiterate your strengths to match the job requirements.
- Offer to provide further information if needed.
- Evaluate if the company and position match what you are seeking - make a list of pros and cons.
Types of Interviews
- Behavior Based
- Large Group Mingler
- Several Rounds of Interviews
- One-on-One Interview
- Group Interview