The interview is your opportunity to shine. Take the
time to prepare yourself for this important moment. Preparation will
give you confidence and allow you to perform to the best of your
Generally speaking, employers are trying to learn three
things about you.
How will you prove you are the ideal candidate? Start by
reviewing your background carefully to look for clues. Employers are
interested in the breadth of your skills, abilities, achievements, and
interests. Draw from every part of your life – academic, work,
community, athletic, leadership, volunteer, travel -- to display this.
These experiences have helped to form who you are and what you have to
• Clarify the details of the interview in advance –
date, location, schedule, attire.
• Arrive 10 minutes early.
• Expect to feel a bit nervous. This is normal.
• Bring several copies of your resume – you never
know who in addition to the interviewer you may meet.
• Bring your portfolio or samples of your work, if
appropriate for your field.
• Bring a list of references, if you are graduating
• Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript.
• Be a good listener. Let the interviewer guide
• Ask for clarification if you are unsure of the
• Be honest if you are asked a question you are
unable to answer. Offer a thoughtful way in which you would attempt
to find the answer.
• Be positive about yourself and your experiences.
• Display energy and enthusiasm for your field and
• Adjust your answers as the situation demands. You
may use more technical terminology while speaking with someone in
• If you are asked the question, “tell me about
yourself” – get right to the point by saying what makes you ideal
for the job.
• Be prepared to give specific examples to back up
statements you make about yourself. These can be from academic,
professional, and personal experiences.
• Watch your body language – smile, practice a firm
handshake, maintain good eye contact, sit and stand in an attentive
manner, stay focused on the conversation at hand while in a group
• Look for opportunities to match your background
to their needs.
• Conclude with a sincere statement of interest in
• Thank the interviewer for their time and ask
about next steps in the process.
• Follow up with a thank you note -- emailed,
typed, or handwritten.