Before the Interview
Review your resume.
Always know ahead of time who will be conducting the interview and what type of interview format will be used (individual, panel, lunch, Skype, phone, etc.).
Research the company, position, and industry (minimum two hours).
Practice responses to potential interview questions.
Have correct directions and plan accordingly for traffic and parking time.
Make sure interview clothes fit well and are clean and pressed.
Schedule a mock interview with the Career Center or use
Interview Stream to help you prepare.
Day of the Interview
Dress to impress.
Always arrive 15 minutes early.
Be nice and courteous to everyone with whom you come in contact.
Bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references in a portfolio with notepad and pen.
During the Interview
Have a firm handshake.
Always remember to smile, show enthusiasm and make eye contact with all interviewers.
Be prepared with a 60 second commercial.
Limit responses to no more than 2-3 minutes per question.
Know strengths and weaknesses.
Be prepared to identify specific skills as they relate to the job.
Provide examples that illustrate or demonstrate a specific skill or function.
Be ready to handle situational/behavioral questions utilizing the STAR (situation, task, action, result) approach.
Always ask informative questions at the end of the interview.
Ask about the next steps in the interview process.
Remember to shake everyone's hand and thank them.