It is not enough to simply show up for an interview and presents yourself for analysis and evaluation. If your interview is going to be a mutual exchange of information, you must be prepared and willing to actively participate in the interview process. You being ready for the interview depends on two important factors: (1) The knowledge you have of yourself, and (2) The knowledge you have of the potential employer.
Use the Office of Career Services for Mock with computer or Career Counselor. Preparation is the one element of the interview process which you can control. Practice responding to some anticipated difficult questions. You can practice with a partner or alone in front of a mirror.
Review the Following
Knowledge of Yourself (Self-Assessment)
- What experience, knowledge, skills, & abilities do you have?
- From the above list which will be required for a particular job?
- Analyze your strengths and areas for improvement.
- What geographic preference do you have?
- Examine your academic performance, interest, achievements, and values.
- What are your professional, as well as personal goals and objectives for the 1st year? For the next 5 year.
Knowledge of the Company or Organization
- How much do you know about the company in which you are trying to get a job?
- How large is the organization and where are its principal locations?
- What product(s) does the company make or what service(s) does it provides?
- What kind of questions might the interviewers ask?
- How long has the company been in business?
- How successful has the company been, e.g., in terms of sales?
Avoid This Common Interview Pitfall
Be prepared for the question that is every unprepared candidate’s nightmare! That is beware of the Open-ended interview questions and statements, such as the routine: Tell me about yourself and Why do you think you are the best candidate for the job? Generally, interviewers are testing how well you handle ambiguity, how poised you remain, how well you communicate and how you focus your response. Briefly discuss your skills, talents and accomplishments as they relate to the position you seek. Summarize related work experience and career aspirations. Avoid appearing arrogant. Be confident!
After the Interview
- Send a Thank You Note for the interview or a Letter. Career Service can help with these things.
Adapted from “Knock’em Dead Marketing” John Yates; and College Grad Job Hunter
Come to Office of Career Services for practice interview questions.
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