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

*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

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Understanding Interview Formats

*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

Understanding Types of Interview Questions

 *Map It

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

*Get a Good Night's Rest

During the Interview

  • 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

  • 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