Interviewing is a critical part to getting any job or internship. It is an opportunity to showcase your skill set to an employer. Being prepared is critical to landing the opportunity; practice and preparation will enhance your chances. In the job search process, interviews are crucial!
Prepare for the interview in advance
- Research the company on their webpage, social media and in recent publications
- Match your skill sets (Explore Your Interests) to the position
- Set up a mock interview with a career advisor
- Print several copies of your resume after having it reviewed by a career advisor (See Develop a Career Toolkit)
- Portfolio, if applicable to your field
During the Interview
- Remember to give a firm handshake, smile and introduce yourself
- Breathe and remember everything you’ve researched and practiced-provide details from your resume to build your case as a good fit
- Ask well thought out questions
- Take notes
- Ask for business cards and next steps before you leave
After the Interview
- Send a well thought out and written thank you e-mail (PDF) within 24 hours
- Reflect on your interview both the positive and negative aspects
Common Sample Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself?
- Walk me through your resume
- What do you know about this company?
- Do you have any questions for me?
- Tell me about a time you worked with a team and your role within the team?
- What are some of you areas of strength and weakness?
- How do you handle conflict? Provide an example?
- What are your long and short term career goals?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
Negotiating a salary with an employer can feel overwhelming; however, remembering several simple strategies will help you to feel empowered.
- Avoid bringing salary up first!
- Be prepared to be asked about your salary history and your salary requirements/expectations during the interview.
- Do your homework on market values. Research the market value for the job you are applying for. See www.salary.com or Glassgoor.com for additional information.
- Consider all aspects: For example, if medical benefits are part of your compensation package and you already have coverage, you may request a higher salary in lieu of the medical benefits. Vacation and personal days may also be negotiable.