Deciding how to prepare for your upcoming interview? Consider scheduling a mock interview with Career Services. This will allow you to practice your skills, get more comfortable telling your story, get tips and tricks, and learn what areas you excel in and which you need to continue working on.
Want to work on your interview skills without coming to see us in Dailey Hall? No problem! Check out our new resource Quinncia to do practice interviews, get feedback on interview and resume skills, and work towards acing your interviews.
Before the Interview
Remember to prepare and practice. Now is the time to plan. Make sure you know the time and place of the interview, being late is not going to help you. Instead, arrive early! Bring copies of your resume on quality paper, your references, a portfolio (if applicable), notepad, and pen. Prepare intelligent questions to ask at the end of your interview.
During the Interview
- Dress for success! Check out our professional clothes closet webpage for more information
- Start the interview off with a firm handshake, maintain good posture (don’t cross your arms), and eye contact
- Smile—it expresses your positivity
- No chewing gum!
- Speak clearly and not too fast
Most interviews will end with “do you have any questions for us?” Ask questions! This will show the company that you are thoughtful, have a strong desire to learn more, and to see if the company is a good fit for you. Not asking questions may be perceived as a lack of interest in or understanding of the position.
After the Interview
What you do after your interview can affect what happens next. Don’t take your time in crafting a thank you letter, follow up within 24 hours. Thank the interviewer for their time and reiterate your interest in the internship/job and share how you can contribute to the organization.