Interview Guide - Preparation
- Identify skills and work/school experiences that apply to the specific job - prepare quality examples.
- Consider how your personality and characteristics fit with the company’s mission and goals.
- Understand the position's responsibilities.
- Research the company: history, successes, culture, and mission statement.
- Prepare meaningful reasons for joining the team - show your enthusiasm.
- Connect on LinkedIn with individuals affiliated with the company.
In an interview or a networking situation, introduce yourself with a 30-second “movie trailer” about you.
PRIMARY TALKING POINTS
- Work experience
- What sets you apart
- Keep it brief, interesting, and natural
- Avoid too much detail
- Avoid common words (like, kind, nice, etc.)
- Avoid personal details (age, family status, religion, etc.)
- Speak in the present tense to show you have the skills now
- Schedule a mock interview with your career counselor - record it and review it.
- Practice with friends or family.
- See our Questions Guide for tips and suggestions.
Next: Day Of
- Arrive 10 minutes early
- Turn off and put away your phone
- Double-check your appearance
- Display professionalism - the interview starts in the parking lot
WHAT TO WEAR
- Clean, pressed, and dark-colored professional clothing:
- Suit or dress
- Dress pants
- Straight or pencil skirt of modest length (knee-length or slightly shorter/longer is acceptable)
- Simple and modest blouse or button-up shirt
- Flat dress shoes or low-heeled pumps (no open-toed shoes or sandals) with nylons
- Polished business shoes that match the suit
- Match the coloring of belt and shoes; wear appropriate dress socks
- Simple tie (no flashy or distracting colors or patterns)
- Cover tattoos
Simple jewelry, one pair of earrings
- Well-groomed and non-distracting hair
- Natural-looking nails and makeup
- Avoid perfume and cologne
Match your professional attire with the career field
DURING THE INTERVIEW
- Remember to smile, show your personality
- Greet the interviewer or panel with a firm handshake, if appropriate
- Maintain eye contact
- Learn and remember names
- Display good posture
- Demonstrate confident voice quality and volume
- Treat the interview like a professional conversation
- Be prepared to ask good questions
- Ask for their business cards and thank them for their time
To schedule a mock interview, access Wildcat Handshake through your eWeber Portal. Contact Career Services with any questions at (801) 626-6393.