What is an Interview?

An interview is an opportunity for an employer to learn more about a potential candidate by asking a variety of questions.  The interview is a crucial part of the job search.  Your resume got your foot in the door, which means you meet their minimum qualifications.  The interview now gives you a chance to show the interviewer that you are the ideal candidate for the job and also learn more about whether the position is right for you.

What can I expect during the interview?

The type of interview you have will depend on the industry, the company and the position. 

What should I do before the interview?

What should I do on the day of the interview?

What kind of questions will I be asked?

There are generally two types of questions: Traditional: What would you do? For example: "If you could do anything…", "How do you manage your time?" And Behavioral: What did you do? For example, "tell me about a time when..." or "describe a situation when...".  When answering behavioral questions, use the STAR method (situation, task, action and result). Your response should describe the Situation or Task, the Action you personally took and the Result of your actions.  Use resources to get a list of typical interview questions such as the Magner Center and the internet.

How should I answer the questions?

What should I do during the interview?

What should I do after the interview?

How do you blow an interview? 

  • Act disinterested
  • Lack preparation
  • Dressed too casually
  • Being late
  • Talk too much/talk too little
  • Act disinterested
  • Lack of preparation
  • Dressed too casually
  • Being late
  • Talk too much/talk too little

Where do I go for more help with my interview?

View These Additional Resources for Interviewing