What is an interview?
A two-way, formal conversation held for an employer to assess the candidacy of a job
applicant and for an applicant to assess the job opportunity. Additionally, the employer
sells the opportunity to the applicant and the applicant sells him/herself for the
Preparing for the interview:
- Conduct research on the position, organization and the field.
- Know who you are, what you have to offer an employer and what you’re looking for.
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer and answers to questions that you may be
- Practice your interviewing skills.
- Bring extra copies of your resume and your reference sheet with you.
What should I wear?
All applicants should look neat, clean and appropriate for the work environment they
would like to enter. Wear a dark suit with a jacket; conservative styles and colors
are recommended for most fields.
Also wear a conservative style shirt. Shoes should be dark, classic in style and always
polished. Further information is available in our office, in libraries and on-line.
Dress For Success
What are some Dress for Success Books?
- The New Professional Image: From Business Casual to the Ultimate Power Look by Susan
- You Are What You Wear Published by William Thourlby
- Your Executive Image by Victoria Seitz
- What do all employers look for? Fit Competence Commitment
- Interview Stages:1st Introduction2nd Information exchange3rd Closing
Interview Do’s and Dont's:
- Do watch your nonverbal communication: smile, use strong eye contact and sit straight.
- Do plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early and practice the commute.
- Do send a follow-up thank-you letter.
- Don’t chew gum, use vulgar language or engage in any other impolite behavior.
- Don’t volunteer information about your private life.
- Never answer with just a yes or no response
- State why the answer is yes, or no. (Give a detailed explanation/provide examples.)
- Ask questions that you have prepared beforehand, based on conducting your research.
- Ask questions about what the interviewer says during the interview
- Use the STAR technique for answering behavioral questions: (Situation, Tasks, Actions
Questions Frequently Asked by Employers
- Can you tell me about yourself?
- How would a friend describe you?
- What is your major weakness?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your major accomplishments?
- What is your long-term career goal?
- What is most important to you in a job?
- Do you plan on continuing your studies?
Questions to Ask Employers
- What are the main job responsibilities?
- Can you describe the departmental structure?
- How does your company develop its employees?
- What are the company’s main priorities for the next few years?
- What is the budget for this department?
- Who would my supervisor be?
- How long has this position been in existence?