Interviewing and Resume Quick Facts
INTERVIEWING QUICK FACTS
Preparing for the Interview
To ensure a successful interview, be sure to:
- Research the organization to learn about its product or services, competitors, and industry trends.
- Review the position duties and relate your experience to the requirements. If you don’t have a thorough description, see ONet Online Resources and US Bureau of Labor and Statistics for occupational information.
- Practice responding to a variety of questions. See links below under “Guidelines for Answering Common Interview Questions.”
- Know the interview location and directions, considering travel and parking time.
On the Day of the Interview
- Arrive approximately 15 minutes early.
- Bring extra copies of your resume as well as a list of references.
Guidelines for Answering Common Interview Question
Guidelines on Questions to Ask
- 51 interview questions you should be asking
- Best Question to ask at the End of the Interview
- Interview Questions to Ask
- Send thank you notes to all the interviewers.
- Debrief your answers to see areas for future improvement.
- Check your application status if you don’t hear back after their expected decision date.
For More Information
- Call Counseling and Career Services at (443) 518-1340 to schedule a mock interview.
RESUME QUICK FACTS
Types of Resumes
- Chronological – Lists your experience in reverse chronological order. Demonstrates career growth and is best used for people staying in the same line of work.
- Combination (Hybrid Functional). Describes experience in functional areas of expertise, listed as subheadings under experience and supported by bulleted statements of duties and achievement in those areas. The functional areas can be drawn from work and life experience. Best suited for career changers or those re-entering the workforce after a period of absence. An employment history with job titles, employers and dates of employment follows as a separate section.
- Contact Information: Your name, telephone number, e-mail address and LinkedIn address.
- Objective: The type of position you are seeking. An objective is optional.
- Summary: A brief description experience, education and transferable skills.
- Skills: Technical/job specific skills, such as computer proficiency or foreign language fluency.
- Experience: For both chronological and combination resumes, use action verbs to describe duties and achievements.
- Education: Most recent education first, with degree, institution and month and year of graduation. If you have specialized training (such as certificates) related to your objective, list it first.
- Optional: Volunteer Experience, Community Involvement, Professional Memberships.
- Keep your resume short-- one to two pages. (Be sure to put your name on the second page).
- Sufficient white space in top, bottom and left and right margins.
- Do not include salary or personal information (e.g., height, weight, marital status, hobbies).
- Proofread! Never send out a resume with typos!
Resources for Resumes, Cover Letters & LinkedIn