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Preparing for an Interview

Do you and the company share the same values and goals?

Prepping for an interview is just as important as the interview itself:

  1. Understand yourself: strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments
  2. Understand the basics of interviews: ask and answer questions well
  3. Understand the company and the job
  • What products or services do they sell or make?
  • What is the mission of the organization?
  • Who are their chief competitors and customers?
  • What, if any, specific challenge does the company or industry face?
  • What current trends are happening in the industry?

Some additional interview preparation tips:

  • Fill out the Appointment Request Form to schedule a mock interview.
  • Develop a brief overview of who you are and your professional/academic background as it relates to the position for which you are interviewing.
  • Identify WHY you want the job and would be an ideal candidate.
  • Identify what you have to offer the company.
  • Research the company and their product!
  • Become familiar with how to answer behavioral and scenario based interview questions.


Dress for Success

A week to a few days before your interview, pick out and try on your clothing. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Make sure your clothes or suit fits you well, and is clean and ironed. Make sure you check out the BACK view also!!! Ladies, if you are wearing a skirt, make sure you have a spare pair of nylons on hand.


Know Where to Go

The last thing you want is to be late for an interview because you got lost! For interviews in unfamiliar areas or cities, try to travel to the interview location the day before (at approximately the same time as your scheduled interview) to ensure that you can find the building and factor in rush hour traffic. Show up 10 minutes early. It's ok to be earlier but don't check in with the receptionist more than 10 minutes before your scheduled time. If need be, double check your appearance in the bathroom, stay in your car, or take a 5 minute walk to calm your nerves and go over your notes.


Interviewing Don'ts


  • Leave your cell phone either ON or on VIBRATE!
  • Chew gum
  • Wear ear buds or a Bluetooth in your ear
  • Carry a backpack
  • Annoy or flirt with a receptionist who is busy
  • Take along a friend, parent or child who will be waiting for you in the lobby
  • Sitting in a chair that was meant for the interviewer. NEVER SIT before getting instructions from the interviewer
  • Wing it: lie about knowing someone or a term and then getting caught in this lie during the interview
  • Inquire about salary, vacation or benefits during the interview


Follow Up

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