"Some see interviews as a chance to expose people's weaknesses. We see it as an exercise in uncovering your strengths." (Credit Suisse)
Before the interview
- Know your strengths.
- See yourself in the position.
- Research the organization and location.
- Review the position description, if available.
- Review sample interview questions and prepare answers.
- Prepare a few questions to ask employers.
- Clarify the details of the interview – date, location, schedule, attire.
- Bring several copies of your resume and a list of references, if you are graduating this year.
- Bring your portfolio or work samples, if appropriate for your field.
- Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript.
- Arrive 10 minutes early.
During the interview
- Greet the interviewer with a smile, firm handshake, and good eye contact.
- Follow the cues of the interviewer; wait for an invitation to be seated.
- Sit attentively with good posture.
- Listen carefully; let the interviewer guide you.
- Ask for clarification or restatement of questions at any time.
- Frame your answers to bring out abilities and interests that match the opportunity.
- Be positive about yourself and your experiences.
- Be honest if you are asked a question you are unable to answer. Instead, offer a thoughtful way you would find the answer.
- Display enthusiasm for the opportunity.
- Look for opportunities to highlight your strengths and match them to their needs.
- Be prepared to give specific examples to back up statements you make about yourself. Draw from academic, professional, and personal experiences.
- Show you embrace the organization's culture.
- Ask good questions.
- Thank the interviewer for their time and ask about next steps in the process.
- Conclude with a sincere statement of interest in the position.
After the interview
- Evaluate your performance.
- Send or email a thank you note within 24 hours.