- Do not be late. Be 10-15 minutes early.
- Do not chew gum. Eat a mint or use mouth spray prior to your interview.
- Do not use gestures or movements that could serve as a distraction.
- Do not come unprepared.
- Do not avoid eye-contact.
- Do not talk too much. Some individuals have a tendency to ramble on and on when they get nervous.
Direction of Success
- Be prepared to highlight your past successes and be able to describe how they have led you to where you are now in your career development.
- Be prepared to give your career goals for five and ten years from now.
- Be prepared for behavioral interview questions, which ask you to describe a past experience and how you performed. Use the STAR technique in answering such questions. Contact the Career Center for more information on behavioral interview questions and the STAR technique.
Know your Company
- Always do research on the company for which you are interviewing.
- Be knowledgeable in their history and development.
- Come up with three possible questions to ask your interviewer(s). Almost all interviewers will ask you if you have any questions for them. This is an excellent opportunity to for you to ask a question that shows you have researched the company and have a genuine interest in being employed by the company.
Conflict with a Boss
- Always avoid bringing up any conflicts with a former boss. This could shed a negative light on your ability to work with others to accomplish tasks.
Answer with Specifics
- Always be specific when answering questions. Your ability to answer with detail could communicate your attention to detail on the job. However, be careful not to ramble.
Answers to the Hard Question: What's tour Greatest Weakness?
- Be fully prepared to address your weakness or weaknesses.
- Make sure the weakness(es) you discuss could either be a positive to your work ethic or to the company.
- Or make sure you can describe how you have made substantial strides in turning the weakness(es) into strengths.
- Always send a Thank-You card to your interviewer(s) within 24-48 hours after your interview. Not only is this a polite gesture, but it also communicates your sincere interest in being employed by the company.
- It is important to send a Thank-You card even if you are notified directly following the interview that you did not get the job. The gesture could encourage the company to consider you for future job openings.
Remember your R's
- Research: Gather information about the position, company, and the field. Go to the company's website and become familiar with the company.
- Review & Relate: Review your experience, skills, and find a connection between them and the position. Identify specific examples.
- Rehearse: Anticipate questions that may be asked, try your responses out on a friend. Create your own list of questions about the position and company to ask during the interview. The goal is not to memorize answers, but to gain confidence for the interview.
Employers will be looking or the following:
- Academic background, skills and qualifications for the job.
- Personal characteristics and competencies necessary for effective performance.
- Good fit with the company.
- Why you are interested in position and/or company.
- What skills will make you successful in their company.
During the Interview
- Key responses are crisp and concise.
- Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.
- Build on areas of interest as indicated by the interviewer's reaction.
- Be prepared to illustrate your answers with examples.
- Avoid being negative.
- Show enthusiasm.
- Smile, maintain eye contact, and give a firm handshake.
- Take time answering.
- Be prepared to ask pertinent questions and the conclusion of the interview.
- Ask for a business card so that you can follow-up.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why did you choose the university you graduated from?
- Why did you choose the major you chose?
- What is your CGPA?
- What do you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- In what type of environment are you most comfortable?
- Do you work well with others?
- How can you contribute to the organization?
- How does your education and/or work experience relate to this job?
- What has been your experience working in a team?
- What are you future goals?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Do you plan to attend graduate school?
- What questions do you have?