You can do all the right things to get your foot in the door of a company. But in order to get hired, you need to have strong interviewing skills, which include being able to “sell” the prospective employer on the benefits you can bring to the company. Preparing your answers for common interview questions can help ease your nerves during the interview process. Don’t just wing it! Make an appointment with a career development advisor and they can walk you through a mock interview.
6 quick tips to prepare for an interview
Research the organization
- Research the company’s size, location, organizational chart, product line, history, top clients and top competitors. Use Vault, search engines, Handshake, business articles or magazines.
- Visit with employers at career fairs and attend networking events to gain an extra edge and insight into the organization.
Prepare questions and responses
- Prepare examples of previous experience (professional or personal) that demonstrate your strengths and highlight how you are prepared and qualified for the position. Use the STAR method to structure your interview responses to common interview questions
- Schedule a practice interview with one of career development advisors or practice and record from home by using Interview Stream. When you’re done recording through Interview Stream, review your answers and send your interview to family and friends for their input!
- Different employers have different expectations for professional attire. It is better to dress more professionally than to be too casual.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview actually begins.
- Bring along any necessary additional materials (your list of questions, paper, a pen, copies of your resume, transcripts, references, additional samples of your work, etc.).
- Write a thank you note. Reinforce why you are a good fit, address any concerns or hesitations that arose, and emphasize that you are still interested in the position.