A strong resumé is important in securing an interview by demonstrating that you possess the required qualifications, but now you need to convince the employer why you are the most qualified candidate during the interview. You need to “sell” yourself by marketing your skills, abilities, and experiences that are directly related to what the employer is seeking. The interview also allows you to gauge whether or not your personality, interests, and values are compatible with the company's culture and environment.
There are many different types of interviews, including behavioral, group, panel, telephone, and teleconference. Regardless of the format, most interviews will be behavioral in nature by focusing on what you have accomplished and how it can relate to the position for which you are interviewing. Thoroughly preparing yourself before the interview is the best way to ensure a successful interview. Tips for preparing for your interview are listed below.
How to Prepare for the Interview
Research the organization to learn about products, services, industry trends, and competitors.
Review the position duties and be ready to relate your experience to the requirements.
Practice responding to a variety of questions in a brief but concise manner that incorporates your background and experiences.
Learn the names and titles of all the people who will be interviewing you. If they are not provided, ask for them.
Know exactly when and where the interview will take place and how much time it will take to get there. Allow extra time for traffic and parking.
Once you have scheduled a career intake, you can request to schedule a “mock interview” with your counselor to help you practice your interview skills. It will be helpful if you bring along a copy of the job description, your résumé, and anticipated questions.
Visit the career library for books on interview questions and strategies.
Additional interviewing resources may also be found online: