Interview Preparation Steps
Learn as much as possible about the organization & the job itself:
- What is the organization’s mission & vision?
- What kind of content do you see on their official website & LinkedIn company page?
- Has the company been in the news recently?
- What projects or initiatives are they currently working on?
- How big is the organization & where are their locations?
- How much do you know about the workplace culture?
Tip: Find alumni working at the organization on LinkedIn - they could be a great resource for you to learn more about the company.
- Reflect on your skills, interests, values, previous experiences, and personal traits.
- Be comfortable sharing the accomplishments you’ve built in work, academic, and extracurricular positions.
- Anticipate common questions
- Take a mock interview in UCareerPath.
- Schedule a mock interview with a Career Coach.
- Prepare response for common questions.
- Suit: Wear a two-piece matching suit in navy, dark grey, or black. A pant or skirt/blazer combination is also an appropriate option. If you choose to wear a dress or skirt, wear hosiery in neutral or sheer shades.
- Shirt: A long-sleeve, collared, button-down shirt with a tie is appropriate. For those who prefer a blouse, knit sweater, or shell, those are also appropriate.
- Shoes & Socks: Match your belt to your shoes. Wear dark colored socks and professional business shoes, professional-looking heels (low enough for you to be comfortable), or flats.
- Grooming: Jewelry, accessories, and make-up should be minimal and professional. Avoid perfumes or colognes. Fingernails should be clean and tidy, with any polish in a neutral color. Persons with facial hair should be clean shaven or have well-groomed facial hair, and long hair should be neat and conservatively style (that means tidying up that man-bun, guys!)
- Never wear: Shorts, sandals, t-shirts, miniskirts, low-cut blouses, leggings, large jewelry, platform heels, clown wigs, or fake antlers.
- Bring a padfolio with copies of your resume
- Write down names of interviewers or get business cards so that you can follow-up
- Arrive between 5-10 minutes early, and anticipate potential mishaps (Where do you park? Who can you call if you get a flat tire on the way? If you’re interviewing over video, what happens if the audio goes out?)
- Don’t be the first to bring up salary or benefits.
- Send a thank-you note within 24 hours by email.
- Inquire about next steps in the hiring process.
- Deal with job offers appropriately:
- When offered a job, react with enthusiasm and appreciation. Then ask for time to consider the offer fully.
- Clarify compensation package and get offer letter in writing.
- Explore salary negotiation strategies.