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Tips for Interviews
- Go prepared. You study for a single test in a college course for hours, yet spend mere minutes preparing for an interview. An interview could land you the job of your dreams and determine your future! Know the company, not just the stuff in the glossy brochures or online. Know how much you are worth in the market.
- Write a thank-you note within one day of your interview. Believe it or not, some companies use your follow-through to decide whether to hire you. Collect the names and cards of all interviewers and send the thank-you promptly.
- Dress for success. Showing up in ill-fitting clothes or a short-skirted suit will only make you feel uncomfortable. Conservative is always best. Women: skirts should touch the top of your knee or be no more than two inches above it. Men: leave the Mickey Mouse tie at home and opt for the more subtle-patterned version.
- Firm handshake. Don't shake hands such that the interviewer is reminded either of a vice-grip or a wet dishrag. Shake like you mean it, and make eye contact.
- Answer the questions and be specific. When the interviewer says, "Tell me about yourself," share your 30-second sound bite. Only share information that relates to the position: education, skills and qualifications, and interest in the job. Answer behavioral-based questions using the Challenge, Action, Result method.
- Bring copies of your resume, references, a padfolio with paper, pen and, if needed, portfolio.
- Don't ask about salary, benefits and vacation time before you are offered the job.
- Arrive fifteen minutes early.
- Don't talk negatively about prior work experiences or bosses or make excuses for shortcomings.
- Use and lose your mistakes. Nearly everyone leaves the interview wishing he would have said more or less and thinking about what she could have done to be more impressive. There is no such thing as a perfect interview!
See also Policy for On-Campus Employer Interviews.