The interview process is a conversation between you (the applicant) and your potential employer. The purpose of the interview is to find out 3 things:
- Do you have the skills and experience to do the job?
- Do you have the motivation, work ethic, and energy to achieve the necessary objectives?
- Will you fit in with the company's organizational dynamics and culture?
How to Ace Your Interview
- Get the details of when, where, and with whom you’ll be meeting. Look up directions to the location and where to park.
- Research the employer so you won't be stumped by common questions like, “What interested you in this position?” or “What do you know about our company?”
- Check your online professional image. Your online presence on social media and other sites should be an asset, not a liability.
- Prepare your outfit. For most interviews, you should wear business attire – ideally, a two-piece matching suit.
- Practice, practice, practice. You can brainstorm your answers for common interview questions, practice with friends, family, in front of the mirror, or online, or schedule a mock interview appointment at the UCC.
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- Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled interview. Remember: the interview begins as soon as you arrive on site. Be polite and friendly to everyone, and offer a firm handshake.
- Be aware of your body language. Sit up straight, make eye contact, and smile.
- Be positive and enthusiastic. Deliver thoughtful, relevant responses that emphasize results.
- Prepare to ask questions of your own, including asking about next steps and/or timeline of the interview process to demonstrate your interest in the position and company.
- Thank the hiring manager for the opportunity to interview in person at the end of the interview.
- Send a thoughtful thank you note or email within 24 hours of the interview to reiterate your skills and interest.