Career and Leadership Development

Before the Interview

Know Yourself. Review your interests, strengths, weaknesses, and values. Think about what you?ve learned through your academic, employment and co-curricular involvements, and identify examples of how you?ve developed skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. 

Research the Organization. Learn as much as you can about the organization. Many employers provide employee recruitment information on the Internet. Don?t hesitate to request information directly from the organization. Talk with employees of the organization or others in the same profession.

Research the Job. Will the job and the organization enable you to achieve your goals - financial, professional growth, geographic area, advancement, travel, personal?

Know the Interview Format Ahead of Time. It's a good idea to ask about with whom you?ll be meeting, and how long you'll be at the office. Know the interview format will help you be best prepared for the interview.

Prepare for and Anticipate Questions. This will help you be much more self-confident during the interview.

Make a List of Questions to Ask. The questions you ask will give the employer a sense of your interest in their organization and your preparedness for the interview. Develop questions that will demonstrate a genuine interest in and knowledge of the company and position.

Prepare Your References. When you decide to apply for a job, contact your references to let them know about the organization and position to which you're applying. This helps prepare your references for a possible call from the employer.

Practice Interviewing. Seek a Mock-Interview with a Career Counselor in order to practice your interview skills and receive constructive feedback.

Acknowledge All Correspondence Promptly. Let the employer know when you've received correspondence, and make sure you understand details (date, time, place, individuals conducting the interview, itinerary, and meal and lodging costs if any).