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Interviewing


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Interviewing

You've searched, applied, and now it's time to make a great impression. Learn how to prepare, research, and present the best you to your prospective employer. Career Services offers a breadth of opportunities both online and in person through our office and campus events.

Interviewing Timeline

Before the Interview Top of Page

Know Yourself - Prepare your top 3-5 strongest qualifications

Types of Interviews

  • One-on-One
  • Team/Panel Interview
  • Structured Interview
  • Informal Interview
  • Telephone Interview
  • Video Conferencing
  • Second Interview
  • Dining Interview

Practice, Practice, Practice

  • Participated in a Mock Interview through Career Services
  • Conduct a Virtual Mock Interview with Optimal
  • Practice in front of a mirror or with a friend
  • Utilize sample interview questions

Dress for Success

 Map It

Know where you are going and prepare materials, padfolio, copies of resumes etc

Get a Good Night's Rest

During the Interview Top of Page

  • Arrive 10 minutes early
  • Firm Handshake
  • Watch your nervous habits (Verbal-slang, filler words, profanity and Non-verbal, posture, enthusiasm, hand gestures)
  • Establish Eye-contact with all interviewers
  • Smile, Be yourself! The interviewer is nervous too
  • Keep answers professional-no babbling-focus on strengths
  • Use the STAR Technique when answering questions

STAR Technique…
Behavioral interviews determine that what you did in the past often predicts what you would do in the same situation in the future

S - Situation
T - Task
A - Action
R - Result

After the Interview Top of Page

  • ALWAYS have questions for the interviewer, not about salary or benefits
  • Express your interest and qualifications in a final closing statement
  • You may ask about the hiring timeline if they haven't already told you
  • Get business cards and shake hands again, thanking them for there time
  • Send an email thank you and a formal thank you after the interview
  • Evaluate your performance, what did you do great, what could you improve on next time

Interview Practice and Tips

One of the best things to do is practice and go into the interview with a plan of what you want to convey. Career Services offers multiple opportunities for you to refine your skills.

Practicing Online

  • Optimal
  • Utilize the mock interview feature and record your body language and answers so you know exactly what messages you are sending. Instructions

Career Services Mock Interview

  • Our office would be glad to help you as you prepare for your interview.
  • Make an appointment with one of our counselors for a practice round and an individualized follow-up to help you improve.

Dress for Success

Appearance matters, whether it is an interview, networking event, or a normal day on the job. Often individuals don't know the difference between professional, business and business casual attire. The variations between the three can make a big difference in the way you are viewed. Learn the ins and outs of business dress all the way from your hair to your shoes.

Categories of dress 

Business Professional Attire Top of Page

Business suits: navy, black or grey, skirts preferred for women

Shirt: long sleeved, button down (for men), light in color, no spaghetti straps (for women), be modest with clevage (women)

Ties: reach to your belt line. Best choices are solid, stripes or small patterns, no more than three colors

Shoes: Leather, black or brown, lace-up (for men), 1-2 inch heel (for women)close toe and heel, shiny

Socks: Dark color matches suit, long enough not to show skin when legs are crossed

Belt vs. Suspenders: One or the other, do not wear both, belt should be leather

Facial hair: Should be well groomed

Jewelry, make-up and nail polish: conservative color and minimal, one or two pieces, only one earring per ear.

Business Attire Top of Page

Men: Blazer or casual jacket with dress pants or khakis

Women: Jacket or sweater set with dress pants, dress, or skirt no shorter than three inches above knee

Shirts and sweaters: Button down (for men), short or long sleeved, tucked in, no tie required, polo-type, crew neck sweaters, cardigans

Socks: Dark color, long enough not to show skin when legs are crossed

Shoes: leather loafers, oxfords, boots (for men), pumps, slides, mules, conservative sandals (for women)

Dresses: Straps should be at least one inch wide, length no more than three inches above knee

Facial hair: Should be well groomed

Business Casual Attire Top of Page

Pants: dockers, khakis

Skirts: casual cut, no more than three inches above the knee

Shirts: short or long sleeve shirt, button up, polo, no t-shirts

Shoes: loafers or lace ups, no athletic-type shoes

Additional resources Top of Page

Career Closet

Students, don't have something to wear to an interview? Don't worry, Career Services can help. The Career Closet, located in Swenson 1061 is a free service in which students are welcome to take one compete outfit.

Students have utilized the Career Closet in preparation for interviews, internships, Job Fairs or other events/activities requiring professional dress. When a student finds a item or outfit that they like, it is theirs to keep.

Career Closet items were generously donated by members of the Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club, UW-Superior faculty, staff and students, as well as local community members. 

Dress to Achieve

Learn the subtleties of dressing for gender and for varying work places. Also, find a measuring guide for the perfect "comfortable fit" in all your business attire.

More Interview Dress Tips...

CareerSpots Videos

Dining Etiquette

Whether its meeting potential employers over dinner or chatting with new clientele at a lunch social, table manners and dining etiquette remain a crucial piece of first impressions and building professional relationships.

Utilize this guide to learn the ins and outs of American dining, general tips, and how to politely handle difficult foods such as artichokes, bread, caviar, shellfish, and more.

Every country has their own ideas of manners and politeness. Make sure you are prepared so as not to offend your foreign hosts by reading this article from the BBC.

Salary Calculators and Negotiations   

Congratulations! You've been offered a position. You may even be juggling multiple offers. Learning how to analyze the job offers and ultimately how to negotiate salary and benefits will help you obtain the best possible opportunity for both you and the employer.

Salary Negotiations

Learn about determining your worth, understanding the many potential benefits and compensation, and how to strategize obtaining the best possible outcome.  

Use this worksheet to rank what's important to you and find your salary range based on your expenses and needed income.

Salary Calculators

More Resources

NACA Salary Survey

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