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Interview Prep

Interview Prep

Interview Prep

Interview Skills & Tips

An interview is a time to identify which candidate is the best fit for a job, internship, or academic program.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF

  • Present

Where are you right now?

  • Past

What relevant experiences have you had? (Education, jobs, leadership roles, volunteer positions)

  • Future

Why are you excited for this opportunity? (Goals, passions, learning opportunities)

How to prepare for the interview

DO YOUR RESEARCH!

  • Know about the company, organization, or academic program

Pro tip: try to connect your goals with the organizations mission or vision

  • Familiarize yourself with the position and its job description

Pro tip: know what makes this specific position unique

  • Be familiar with current trends in that field

Pro tip: be able to identify industry trends from the last five years

ASSESS YOURSELF

  • What are your strengths, skills, and experiences? How do they fit with this new position?

Pro tip: pick out the top three qualities you would bring to the position

  • What do you need to improve upon?

Pro tip: highlight how you have continuously worked on this growth area

  • What makes you a unique candidate?

Pro tip: why would you hire YOU?

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

  • Write out answers for commonly asked interview questions

Pro tip: read your answers out loud as you write to help commit it to memory

  • Practice in front of a mirror or a friend

Pro tip: challenge yourself with verbal & non-verbal communication

What Makes an Impression

REMEMBER

You do not have to answer questions regarding age, sex, race, national origin, or marital status.

Helpful Tips & Reminders

  • Remember to arrive early and be polite to everyone you come into contact with
  • Make a good first impression- say your full name and give firm handshakes when introducing yourself
  • Be engaged – show enthusiasm and interest in the company, industry, and position
  • Know how to talk about your areas for professional improvement without seeming negative
  • Ask questions – this helps to show your interest and you can learn more about the company
  • Be articulate when describing how/why you are the best fit

AFTER THE INTERVIEW – KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING

Follow up with a Thank You note within 24-48 hours

Helpful Tips & Reminders

  • Show your interest: highlight why you’re a good fit for the position
  • Personalize it: talk about something specific from the interview
  • Be mindful of timing: send out notes
  • Be positive and non-intrusive
5 Biggest Interview Mistakes
  • Arriving late for the interview
  • Leaving your cell phone on
  • Not preparing for the interview
  • Talking about your weakness as a failure
  • Criticizing a previous employee

DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

  • Pay attention to colors, styles, and finished looked
  • Avoid attire that might be distracting (you want to focus on you not your clothes!)
  • Business professional attire usually includes a blazer

 

What to Expect During the Interview

TYPES OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • Resume-related (questions to learn about your experiences, skills, and training)
  • Behavioral based (questions to understand how you respond to situations)
  • Case studies (scenario-based questions to understand your behaviors and decision-making process)
  • Brain teasers (questions to identify your critical thinking skills)

The STAR Technique for Interview Questions

  • Situation Provide context. Detail the background. Where? When?
  • Task Describe the change and expectations. What was needed? Why?
  • Action Elaborate on your specific action. What did you do? How? What tools did you use?
  • Results Explain the results: accomplishments, recognition, savings, etc. Quantify.