Your resume, cover letter, and job application have landed you the interview. Now it is time to sell yourself to the interviewer(s).

Interviewing is a crucial part of the job search process. In an interview, you will:

  • Learn about the employer’s needs and have the ability to express how you can meet those needs.
  • Gather information about the job, the company, and future career opportunities to determine whether the job and company are right for you.
  • Convey your personality, confidence, enthusiasm, positive attitude, and quality communication skills that are significant parts of the selection process.

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the interview process.

  • How do I prepare for an interview?
    • Know yourself! Identify your strengths, weaknesses, values, interest, skills, accomplishments, goals, etc.
    • Prepare materials, such as your resume, cover letter, references, transcripts, and any other supplemental materials.
    • Select your interview attire to reflect professionalism (business casual is recommended).
    • Practice! Participate in a mock interview with the Career Development Staff (see Mock Interviewing tab).
    • Gather information on the employer by doing an internet search, talking with faculty, alumni, or current employees. Use the information to create 3-5 questions to ask during the interview. 
    • Call the employer prior to your interviewer to determine location, parking availability, and things to bring to the interview. 
    • Arrive 10 minutes early to interview. You arrive earlier than that, stay in your car until the 10 minute mark.
    • Double check your appearance before entering the interview location (check hair, teeth, etc.).
    • Silence and/or turn off cell phone before entering interview location. 
    • Be courteous and respectful to every person you come into contact with. 
  • What are some things to do during an interview?
    • Introduce yourself.
    • Shake each interviewer's hand as you enter the room.
    • Be honest and genuine.
    • Be aware of your nonverbals (i.e., make eye contact, smile, show you are paying attention).
    • Use humor (if applicable) in an appropriate, professional, and lighthearted manner. 
  • What are some things to do after the interview?
    • Send thank you email or card (talk to administrative assistant on the way out to obtain each interviewer's name and/or email address if unknown).
    • Remain professional even if you are not hired for the position or if you choose to turn down the offer. 
  • What are some things to avoid during an interview?
    • Talking and/or texting on your phone.
    • Don't lie or exaggerate your skills and/or experience.
    • Don't speak negatively about past employers or people within the community.
    • Chewing gum or eating (unless due to a medical condition).
    • Being too casual.
    • Be aware of nonverbals (don't roll eyes, don't cross your arms).