Interviewing

Create conversationThe interview process is a conversation between you (the applicant) and your potential employer. The purpose of the interview is to find out 3 things:

  1. Do you have the skills and experience to do the job?
  2. Do you have the motivation, work ethic, and energy to achieve the necessary objectives?
  3. Will you fit in with the company's organizational dynamics and culture?

How to Ace Your Interview

Before

  • Get the details of when, where, and with whom you’ll be meeting. Look up directions to the location and where to park.
  • Research the employer so you won't be stumped by common questions like, “What interested you in this position?” or “What do you know about our company?”
  • Check your online professional image. Your online presence on social media and other sites should be an asset, not a liability.
  • Prepare your outfit. For most interviews, you should wear business attire – ideally, a two-piece matching suit.
  • Practice, practice, practice. You can brainstorm your answers for common interview questions, practice with friends, family, in front of the mirror, or online, or schedule a mock interview appointment at the UCC.

 

 
Need business professional clothing for an upcoming interview or networking event? Check out the Professional House of Garments (P.H.O.G.) in Summerfield 203 for free interview-ready clothing items, including suits, shoes, ties, and shirts.

 

During

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled interview. Remember: the interview begins as soon as you arrive on site. Be polite and friendly to everyone, and offer a firm handshake.
  • Be aware of your body language. Sit up straight, make eye contact, and smile.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic. Deliver thoughtful, relevant responses that emphasize results.

Preparing for Job Interviews Interviewing How-to Guide!

  • Prepare to ask questions of your own, including asking about next steps and/or timeline of the interview process to demonstrate your interest in the position and company.

 

After

  • Thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview in person at the end of the interview.
  • Send a thoughtful thank you note or email within 24 hours of the interview to reiterate your skills and interest.

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