Interview procedures vary from employer to employer.
Preparing for an Interview
- Research the organization’s mission, products, services and it major competitors
- Take several copies of your resume to the interview
- Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview
- See our Dress for Success guide for information on interview attire
- Have your resume and the job description nearby for reference
- Arrange a space that is quiet where you will not be interrupted. The Career Development Staff can assist in reserving a quiet space on campus.
Types of interview questions:
- Direct – have a specific answer, usually a one or two lined answer
- Open Ended – do not have a specific answer, usually allow for an opportunity to expand on something and show communication skills
- Behavioral – ask about a how you handled a situation in the past
- Personal or inappropriate questions – Sometimes interviewers are not aware of what they can or cannot ask in an interview. Prepare yourself to handle this kind of situation calmly. If you are asked a question you do not want to answer, you may want to try to focus on what their concern is behind the question.
Thank you note
Always send a thank you note after an interview to everyone with whom you met. Before you leave the site, be sure you have the names (and proper spelling). Often a receptionist can assist you with this. Please see our Thank You Note Guide for more information and examples.