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, but not 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.
- 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.
- Fundamental issue pertaining to interviews: If you are granted an interview and you accept the invitation, then you must ATTEND.
- No-showing for an interview is considered one of the most unacceptable and discourteous behaviors that can be exhibited in a job search.
- Be aware that failing to show up for an interview without proper notice and without reason acceptable to the employer can result in loss of future interview privileges. All students should read and understand the Career and Professional Development Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.
- Typical format
- Behavioral interviewing
- Phone interviews
- On-Campus Interviewing Program [OCI] and Hokies4Hire
- Interview safety
- On-site interviews at the employer's location
- Expenses for on-site interviews
- Case interviews
- Psychometric tests:
- Used by some employers to attempt to measure attributes like intelligence, aptitude and personality. Also used to gain insight into how candidates work with others, handle stress, and cope with the intellectual demands of the job.
- For more information, you may wish to read: Psychometric-Success.com. Career and Professional Development does not endorse any product for sale.
- Employer information sessions held by employers prior to interviews
- Sample / typical interview questions
- Sample questions for teaching candidates
- Researching the employer
- Questions to ask the employer
- Responding to salary questions. Don't be taken by surprise.
Protocols for follow-up and thank-you letters after interviews