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.
Before the Interview
- 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
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
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
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.
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
Business suits: navy, black or grey
Shirt: long sleeved, button down, light in color
Ties: reach to your belt line
Shoes: leather, black or brown, lace-up. Heeled shoes should be 1-2 inch in height closed toe
Socks: dark color matches, long enough not to show skin when legs are crossed
Belt vs. Suspenders: one or the other
Facial hair: should be well groomed
Jewelry, make-up and nail polish: conservative color and minimal, one or two pieces
Tops: blazers or casual jacket, sweater
Bottoms: dress pants, dress, khakis, or skirt no shorter than three inches above knee
Shirts and sweaters: button down, 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 shoes, boots, oxfords, dress shoes
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
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
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.
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.