If you secured an interview, you worked hard to get it — developing your resume, cover letter, perhaps having phone and other contacts with the employer. Don't rest on your laurels now. The competition is steeper now that candidates have been screened to just those eligible for interviews.
We want you to be successful in your process of interviewing — whether for an internship, for other types of experience during college, for post-graduation jobs, and in seeking admission to graduate or professional school. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you, from preparation to after-interview follow-up.
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.
- Remember that listening is the most important communication skill.
- Present your strengths. Don't apologize for what you don't have. If asked to discuss weaknesses, be prepared.
- Express thanks in person to everyone you meet, and afterward send thanks in writing.
- Follow the Golden Rule.