To ace an interview, preparation is key! Here are some tips: Before the Interview
Step 1: Do Your Research
Step 2: Review Your Own Experience and Goals
- Get to know the business and position that you're interviewing for. Understand the requirements for the job so that you can effectively communicate how you're the best candidate.
- Take a look at the website and social media sites for the business. Familiarize yourself with their mission, products/services, location, size, current news, announcements, etc.
- Make sure you can answer the questions "What do you know about our company?" and "why are you interested in working for this company?"
Step 3: Practice
- Be prepared to introduce yourself and give an overview of your relevant past experiences in about three minutes.
- Review the resume and cover letter you submitted and prepare yourself to elaborate on any experiences and skills you indicated.
- Brainstorm your past accomplishments and challenging situations.
Step 4: Prepare Questions for the Employer
- Practice your answers to common interview questions out loud. This is an important step that's often overlooked!
- Consider recording yourself on video to watch for your body language and verbal fillers (um, like, etc.)
- Complete a mock interview with Career Services or family/friends
Step 5: Dress for Success
- Most interviews end with a chance for you to ask questions
- Be prepared with thoughful questions in order to demonstrate your preparedness, interest in the position/company; and to help you determine whether the position is right for you. An interview is a two-way street to determine mutual fit.
- Here are some tips:
- Do not ask questions you could have found the answer to online.
- Allow the interviewers to offer their own personal perspectives. This will engage them and open up a two-way conversation.
On the Interview Day
- Business professional attire is generally expected at all interviews unless the employer indicates that business casual attire is acceptable. Make sure they are clean, and press your outfit ahead of time.
Step 6: Manage Your Time
Step 7: Communicate Effectively
- Prepare in advance so you can relax the night prior to the interview and get plenty of sleep. Get clothing and any materials you're bringing ready the day before.
- Allow yourself extra time for traffic and parking. You do not want to be late!
- Check in 10-15 minutes early
- During this time, remember to take a breath!
- Here's a quick video example with tips:
Step 8: After the Interview, Reflect on How it Went
- Take time to reflect on the interview. Write down any interview questions you can remember, notes of what you learned, key facts, and the interviewers’ names. You will be able to use these items to help prepare you if you get a second interview and for writing thank you notes.