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Research the Employer

  • What is the primary service or product of the company/organization? Who are their customers/clients?
  • What is the history of the organization? Who are their key executives?
  • Where is their main office/headquarters? Do they have other offices or divisions?
  • How many employees do they have? Who are their key competitors?
  • What is their reputation in the community?
  • What are emerging issues that may affect the industry or organization?

Prepare for the Interview

  • Understand the job description and duties. Be prepared to relate your experience to these qualifications.
  • Know yourself. Be able to clearly articulate how your education, skills and experiences will benefit the employer through specific examples.
  • Focus your remarks on what you can do for the employer, not what you want from them.
  • Prepare specific examples on these topics: conflict resolution, time management, leadership, and communication.
  • Have 3-5 thoughtful questions prepared for the interviewer.


  • Practice interviewing with a Career Services professional, friend, family member or trusted advisor.
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this position? career?
  • How has your education prepared you for your career?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What experience have you had when information was miscommunicated? How did you solve that problem?
  • What are your top 3 strengths? top 3 weaknesses?
  • Give me an example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • Tell me about a time when you were required to prioritize your tasks.
  • Do you prefer team or individual projects? Why?
  • Describe a leadership role you have undertaken.
  • In what way do you feel you can contribute to our company?
  • Why should I hire you?

Make It Happen

  • Double check the location, time, date and name /title of the interviewer.
  • Dress conservatively. Gentlemen: A dark suit, dress shirt & simple tie; avoid heavy aftershave. Ladies: dark pantsuit or skirt suit. Be sure to minimize jewelry; avoid showing cleavage and wearing strong fragrances.
  • Carry a leather portfolio with copies of your resume and references. Don’t be afraid to take notes.
  • When you meet the interviewer, extend your hand for a handshake with a firm, but not tight, grip.
  • Maintain eye contact and show interest during the interview. 
  • When the interview is over, extend your hand for a handshake. Thank the interviewer for his/her time. 
  • Be sure to ask for a business card. Within 24 hours, send a handwritten thank you note or an email.