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Interviewing

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Before the Interview

It is natural to be nervous about an upcoming interview. One way to use that nervous energy is to fully prepare for the interview replacing your anxiety with confident because you are ready.

Prepare for the Interview:

  • Research the Company - This is a deal breaker. Your success in the interview is dependent on your company research. The interviewer will be able to tell if you have done your research.
  • Know Yourself - You must know your skills, abilities, and qualifications to help you "sell" yourself in an interview. The interviewer is looking to see how you will be an asset to the company.
  • Resume & References - Bring copies of your resume and references to the interview. The interviewer has probably already seen your resume, but it is better to have it available if needed.
  • Know the Questions - Review the job description to determine what skills employers are seeking and what examples from your education, work experience, or community involvement best demonstrates that you possess that skill. Be prepared to answer "Tell me about yourself".
  • Prepare your Questions - It is important for you to ask questions of the interviewer. Before the interview, prepare a list of questions to ask that will demonstrate you have researched the company.
  • Know the Interviewer - If possible, get the pronunciation and spelling of the interviewer.
  • PRACTICE - The Career Center offers you the opportunity to practice and get feedback to improve you interviewing skills through scheduling a Mock Interview. Any practice is important, so if a mock interview is not possible practice with a friend or in front of a mirror.