Interviewing

The interview is your chance to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the position you are applying to. There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to interviewing, but one thing holds true: “practice makes perfect.” Make an appointment to have a mock interview with one of our staff!

 

Preparing for the interview:

Know Yourself

This means knowing what your personal career goals, strengths, achievements and skills are. Be sure to have specific examples that demonstrate how your background, skills, and interests make you a perfect fit for the position and the organization’s needs.

Research the Employer

Knowing your employer fully will set you apart during your interview. Research the employer through their website and online resources such as Glassdoor and ReferenceUSA. Know the employers size, age, products and services, reputation, organizational structure, location and accomplishments.

Practice!

Remember: Practice makes perfect! Set up a time for a mock interview in the Office of Career Success by contacting Chelsea at 970.943.3006 or businesscareers@western.edu

Be sure to send a copy of your resume and the job description prior to your mock interview appointment. If you do not have a specific position that you are practicing for, please send a description of a position that interests you.

Day of Interview:

Arrive Early

Be sure to be onsite at least 10-15 minutes early.

Dress Appropriately

It is vitally important to dress appropriately! First impressions stick with potential employers and many make their decision to hire you based off of the first 30 seconds of your interview. Not sure what is appropriate? Check out some examples of proper interview attire HERE.                                              

Body Language

Be sure to offer a firm handshake at the beginning and at the close of the interview. During the interview maintain eye contact and avoid nervous fidgeting. Be sure to keep your arms uncrossed and keep items away from the front of your body. Sit up straight and use a confident tone to communicate.

Listen

Think about the question being presented before answering. Ask for clarification if you are unsure of how to respond.

Ask Questions

Show that you have researched the organization and have an interest in learning more about it.

Be Enthusiastic

Be excited about the opportunity to be interviewed by the organization! Show your gratitude to be offered the opportunity to interview and show how you can be an added benefit as an employee to the organization. Speak enthusiastically and positively about your education and past experience. SMILE!

After the interview

Write a thank you letter to the interviewer.

(Examples coming soon!)