WHAT IS A JOB INTERVIEW?
A job interview is a structured conversation between an employer and a person applying for a job. Read through our interview preparation guide to learn about the basics of a job interview.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW?
Research the company or institution you are applying for. What are their current projects, strengths, and work environment? What do you know about the company that makes you want to work there?
Develop your own brand. What is unique about you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why does your past experiences, education, and focus make you the best candidate? How can you best contribute to the company or institution you are applying to?
"You need to have a strong sense of self to know how you would most likely react in [any] given situation and why; and be able to show why that response is appropriate. Additionally, when you know your values, motivations, etc., your enthusiasm when discussing them will come through in the interview." (Vault article)
Practice, practice, practice. Can you anticipate which questions they will ask? If so, practice with a trusted friend, family member, or career counselor. If not, visit www.readyprepinterview.com to discover thousands of job interview questions that are position-specific. Can you communicate your experiences and strengths clearly and genuinely?
Follow up with your employer. Make sure to send the interviewer or hiring manager a follow-up email thanking them for their time. Confused on how to structure your email? Visit this helpful link: https://www.careermatch.com/job-prep/interviews/thank-you-emails/
Still nervous? Make an appointment TODAY with our Career Center Specialist to do a mock interview and receive helpful advise on how to nail your interview.