Interviewing

Two human resources smiling and shaking hands with an applicant Successful interviewing requires practice, advance planning, and self-awareness.

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Are you getting lots of interviews, but no offers?
Most likely, you will need to address your interviewing techniques. Career Services has a number of resources to help you with interviewing. Below, we have summarized the major phases of interviewing. Refer to our Interviewing Guide (PDF) for detailed information.

Before the Interview / Preparation

Steps before the interview include:

  • Self-assessment – What type of position do I really want?
  • Researching the organization – Will I fit in with the organization?
  • Researching the position – Have I carefully reviewed the job description to identify key skill sets and qualifications?
  • Appropriate dress – Do I have appropriate business attire?

For additional information on preparing for your interview, download our Interviewing Guide (PDF).

During the Interview

Now that the big day has arrived do you know what to expect? Do you know how to sell yourself in the interview, while making a lasting positive impression? Job seekers are often intimidated by the interview process. By knowing ahead of time the type of interview and the employer expectations, you can properly prepare and perform well. The types of interviews you may encounter include:

  • Screening interviews – often by phone or at a job fair.
  • Traditional interviews – one on one with a manager or supervisor.
  • Group interviews – may be a group of candidates, but typically a team of interviewers.
  • Behavioral Based Interviews – based on the idea that past performance is the best indicator of future performance.

For additional information, including commonly asked interview questions and responses, download our Interviewing Guide (PDF).

After the Interview

Most job seekers know enough to send a thank you letter to the manager after the interview. Did you know that you should send a personal note to each person involved in the interview? After the interview is also a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn't work. Chances are if a question was challenging, you will probably be asked it again in another interview. You can also use your thank you note to address any issues that may have come up in the interview, as well as reiterate your enthusiasm for the position. After the interview is not the time to sit and wait. Be sure to follow-up with a phone call within a reasonable amount of time (one to two weeks).

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