Interviewing

Job interviews involve meeting with employers to see if you match a position’s qualifications and the organization’s work culture.   An interview is your opportunity to provide concrete examples of how you meet the organization’s needs and to prove that you will be successful in that position.  In order to be successful you should know what to expect and prepare in advance.

Remember:  Successful interviewing takes practice!

Here are several resources to help you prepare for an interview:

  • Review our complete guide: Preparing For An Interview
  • Practice your answers to Interview Questions.  Click  Sample Interview Questions on the left side bar.
  • Complete a “mock interview” (practice) with a career counselor.  Schedule an appointment.
  • Watch the following videos for great tips on how to succeed in an interview:
Researching Companies Video 8Researching Companies
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Interview Video 2The Interview
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Top Ten Interviewing Mistakes 20Top 10 Interview Mistakes
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Follow-up with an employer video 17Follow Up with Employer
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Dress to Impress

As you prepare for your interview, you also want to make sure you are dressed to impress!  Dress code does vary a little by industry or career field, but here are some general guidelines to follow:


Interview Dress for Women
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Interview Dress for Woman Video 4


Interview Dress for Men
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Interview Dress for Men Video 16

 

Salary Negotiation

When preparing for an interview you also need to make sure you are ready to answer questions about salary.  Many times you will not discuss salary until a job offer is given, but it is important to be prepared.

To help you determine what a salary range might be, check out the following websites and videos:

The Salary Question Video 3
The Salary Question
Talk Salary WhenTalk Salary When Video 66 Negotiating an OfferNegotiating an Offer Video 63 Juggling Job OffersJuggling Job Offers Video 60

 

Thank You Notes & Follow Up

 

Never forget to send a thank you note after an interview!  Depending on your situation, thank you cards may be a handwritten note or an email.  The goal of the note is to express your appreciation for an interview, restate your interest in the position, and summarize your qualifications. Sending a thank you note leaves a good impression and can sometimes be the deciding factor as to who gets offered the position.

For more details on how to write a thank you note, read our handout on: Thank You Notes

Here are a few sample thank you notes:

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Art of Saying THANK YOU
 30Interview Follow Up  17
Follow Up with Employer