- You’re being interviewed because of your resume, so make certain you know what’s on it, and can discuss what you’ve achieved in school and your previous or current positions. Also, make a list of all of your skills, accomplishments, and experiences that relate to the position, and review it on the way to the interview, to refresh your memory. You can use the information you have prepared to answer the questions in a way that relates to the job.
- Be able to answer why you want to work for them, why you are interested in the position and/or the company as well why they should hire you/what makes you the best candidate?
- Other common questions are: Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths, what are your career goals, and what are your weaknesses?
- When available review handouts that contain advice from alumni working at specific companies
- Research your field through sites such as Vault, Wetfeet, and Glassdoor.com. Who are the top firms/organizations? What are the latest trends/new developments?
- Know the company you’re interviewing at: Who are their competitors? What is the company’s mission? What are their services/products? How are they doing financially? What have they achieved recently that has appeared in the news?
- Practice interviewing with someone.
- Prepare a list of questions (at least 5) that you want to ask. Don’t ask questions that can be answered on their website or that were answered during the interview. Questions about salary, benefits, time off, hours worked, etc are off-limits. You will likely only have time to ask 2-3 of the questions that you had prepared. Review our Director's Questions to Ask During Job Interviews.
- Think about what qualifications are important for the position since it will give you a clue as to what they will ask. The job description will give an idea as to what they want to know about you.
- For example, if the position is for a teller for a large bank you can assume they want someone with customer service skills and can work in a fast-paced environment. They will likely ask you questions to see if you have those skills
- Take each adjective/quality mentioned in the job description and on their website about what they seek in a candidate and develop personal examples that demonstrates you have that quality.