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Interviewing Quick Tips

Whether you are interviewing for an internship, other experience during college, a post-graduation job, or admission to graduate school.... 

Quick tips for interview success

  • Thorough prep and appropriate behavior.
  • Show up on time and prepared to discuss the job, the organization and how you fit.
  • Dress appropriately and have impeccable grooming. An interview is a formal meeting.
  • Have an excellent handshake.
  • Be honest.
  • Focus on what you can do for the employer, not on what the employer can do for you.
  • Look, act and speak like a prepared, thoughtful, pleasant person.
  • Be confident!
    • Be careful not to appear arrogant. Don't assume you have the job in the bag just because you were offered an interview or because people are nice to you.
    • On the flip side, don't undersell yourself. The employer wanted to interview you. Talking about your accomplishments is not bragging if it's factual.
    • Present your strengths. Don't apologize for what you don't have. If asked to discuss weaknesses, be prepared.
  • Remember that listening is the most important communication skill.
  • Express thanks in person to everyone you meet, and afterward send thanks in writing.
  • Follow the Golden Rule.