• PREPARATION IS VITAL! Know yourself AND the company.

  • Employers are most interested in HOW what you’ve done qualifies you for the job you’re applying for. The interview will often take a BEHAVIORAL approach where you will be expected to discuss specific situations you have experienced, and the outcomes of those situations.

  • Be prepared to discuss your Academic and Work Background, Career Interests and Personal Goals, Strengths and Weaknesses, Special Skills or Talents, Accomplishments, and Leadership.

  • Employers will evaluate your Motivation for Work, Ability to Learn, Judgment, Planning and Organizing, Career Ambition, and Initiative.


  • Some typical Interview Questions:

    • Tell me about yourself!

    • What accomplishments are you most proud of?

    •  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

    •  What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

  • Research Companies using recruiting literature, annual reports, and national publications (directories, indexes, industrial guides, and periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Fortune Magazine). Information on many organizations is readily available in the Career Center Library, other Campus and local libraries, and via the World Wide Web.

  • KEY ITEMS TO REMEMBER: Dress appropriately, be on time, and remember, the keys to a successful interview are to BE PREPARED, AND MARKET YOURSELF EFFECTIVELY!


Seven Deadly Interview Sins:

  • A Lack of Enthusiasm

  • Unprofessional Behavior

  • Poor Research Prior to Interviews

  • Misrepresenting yourself/your credentials to employers

  • A Lack of Direction

  • Weak Communication Skills

  • Failure to Market Yourself

Questions to Ask Employers:

  • Upon what criteria will my performance be evaluated?

  • How and when is this done and by whom?

  • Describe the kind of people who thrive in your company.

  • What are the key competencies of a successful employee?

  • How would you describe the management style of the person who would be supervising me?

  • What are the major issues this organization currently faces in this industry?

  • What are the opportunities for succession and increased responsibility within the organization?

  • Is there a commitment to promote from within?

  • How does this job and department fit into the organization as a whole?

  • How would you describe the corporate culture?

  • What opportunities exist for professional development and continuing education/training?

After the Interview:

  • As soon as possible, make notes of what was discussed in the interview.

  • Respond promptly to any employer request, including transcripts or references.

  • Follow up immediately with a thank you letter thanking the employer for their time and consideration, also reemphasizing your interest in the company/position. If the Interviewer indicates a preference for email communication, utilize email instead of "mailed" correspondence.

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