Be prepared to get an interview request as soon as you send out applications. It may not happen immediately, but it is wise to prepare in advance.
- Thoroughly read the position description
- Read the company’s Web site and any brochures
- Talk to people before you settle into that interview chair
Be able to answer these three questions:
- Why this job?
- Why this company/organization?
- Why this career field?
Dress appropriately. When in doubt, err on the conservative side. Dark-colored suits are the norm for men and women. Nominal jewelry is acceptable.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early with extra copies of your resume and any other materials you’ve been asked to bring (like a list of references). Be courteous to everyone you meet, smile, present a firm handshake, and be yourself.
At the beginning of an interview, the employer and candidate are trying to establish rapport. An employer may cite an item from your resume or begin with an open-ended question such as "tell me about yourself"? Respond to the questions as though he or she were asking "why do you want to be in this interview room?" Share relevant information about your academic and professional background, such as internships and student activities.
During this time, also evaluate the employer. Is he or she relaxed or formal, focused or conversational? You may want to adapt your strategy to the style of the interviewer, but always remember to be professional.
As the interview progresses, the employer will ask a variety of questions to determine interest and competence. When answering the questions, make sure your answers are clear, concise, and followed by an example. And always maintain strong eye contact.
This information is provided as a courtesy of Georgetown University's Career Education Center.