Preparation is the key to a successful interview. The well prepared candidate will be
more comfortable, more confident, and will better represent his/her strengths and qualifications. More information on the interviewing process is available using the above
Research the Organization
Find out all you can about the organization before
going to the interview. Learn about the products or services they provide,
their clientele, major competitors, industry
trends, etc. This type of information is usually available on the internet, in public
libraries, and in Career Service Centers. Researching the organization will help you
answer specific questions and shows interest in the company.
2. Research the Job
Learn all you can about the specific job for which you are
applying. Study the job posting and talk with people who have worked in similar
jobs. Learn about the nature of the job, the level of education/training required,
and the expected salary range for someone with your background and qualifications.
3. Know What You Have To
Be aware of your strengths and qualification in reference to the job
for which you are applying. You need to have a definite idea of who you are, what
you want, and where you are going. Make a short list of job requirements. Next
to each item, list evidence form your background that demonstrates you have the training
and skills necessary to perform that function. Frequently employers ask, "Why
should we hire you?" or "What can you do for us?" Be prepared to
Anticipate Interview Questions
Prepare answers to common questions before the job interview.
Review lists of [typical interview questions] for your profession. Think of ways to
handle questions about weaknesses in your credentials.
5. Prepare Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Asking intelligent questions will show interest in the company,
leave a positive impression on the interviewer, and help you decide whether or not a job
is right for you.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice interviewing with family members and friends. It is
usually helpful to tape your practice sessions and play them back. Practicing for
your interview will help you feel more confident and comfortable during the real thing.
7. Dress Appropriately (Day of the Interview)
Be well-groomed and dress in neat, clean, traditional-style clothing.
Appropriate dress for men is typically a dark gray or navy business suit, white shirt with
collar (not button down), an "updated" tie (stay away from theme ties) and
leather shoes (avoid tassels). Appropriate dress for women is typically a dark
colored suit (skirt should be just below the knee in length), white or off-white blouse
(with a conservative neckline), and classic leather pump shoes. Both men and women
should wear only minimal jewelry and should use cologne or perfume sparingly (or not at
all). Remember, if you are unsure about what constitutes appropriate dress, err
on the conservative side. Assume that the interviewer will be older and more
conservative than you.