Before the Interview
Research the company using the company website, recruiting literature, annual reports, informational interviews with people in similar positions, industry magazines and journals, and/or your Career Services Center. Read the Job Description.
Look your best.
Dress professionally. If you are not sure, ask for advice from your career advisor, a teacher, or a friend employed in a similar job. Dress for your interview as you would for a very important occasion. The key is to be conservative. Look professional! (visit the Dress for Success section)
Prepare your answers to some commonly asked questions (examples in our Interview Guide).
Think about how you will answer certain questions before the interview. Know your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities and be prepared to discuss them. Have situations in mind to illustrate your points or to give examples of your experiences. However, don't give "set" or bookish answers.
Prepare your own questions for the interviewer.
Asking questions shows that you are interested and enthusiastic about the organization and the position. It also demonstrates that you are well-prepared and willing to work. Employers appreciate applicants who have done their homework in researching the organization.
Arrange a mock interview with an advisor at the Career Services Center or participate in the Mock Interview program held each semester. Remember to bring:
This Include full names, business titles, business addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three individuals who will serve as references for you. You must ask these individuals for permission, informing them that they may be contacted by an employer. Use adults whose references would be of value to you - supervisors, professors, etc.
How will I be evaluated?