Preparing for the interview:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
Be sure to be onsite at least 10-15 minutes early.
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.
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.
Think about the question being presented before answering. Ask for clarification if you are unsure of how to respond.
Show that you have researched the organization and have an interest in learning more about it.
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!)