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Interviewing TipsInterviewing can make people nervous and in order to interview well, there are some ways to prepare and practice beforehand.

First Impressions

If you're looking for a job, you should know that what you do and what you say during the first 10 seconds of the interview may determine whether you are hired, according to Robert Half International.

Preparing for the interview

You must be able to express your qualifications, strengths, and interest for the position and be knowledgeable regarding the interviewer’s organization.

Interview Practice

Don't make the mistake of scheduling your most important interview before you practice. Good interviewing skills are learned, and practice is the key to success. Career Services offers two options for improving your interviewing skills: In-person mock interviews and virtual mock interviews.

Sample Interview Questions Asked by Employers

The initial interview will usually consist of fairly general questions that will not afford much opportunity for either party to elaborate. Time will be short. Concentrate on making your responses positive.

Sample Interview Questions to Ask Employers

At the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask questions and YOU SHOULD ASK QUESTIONS!!! Here are some examples of questions you could ask.

Phone Interview

Many employers screen job applicants over the telephone, and the number of these calls is expected to increase as they seek ways to reduce their recruiting costs.

Dressing for the Interview

Dress professionally! If unsure what to wear, it’s better to overdress than under dress; a dark suit is always appropriate. Wear comfortable shoes! Check out this Power Point presentation for more about what to wear.

After the Interview

Just because you finished your interview, doesn't mean all your work is done! Find out what you need to do now.

Interviewing Tips for Success

For more information on interviewing, check out our handout about tips for success.

Informational Interviews

For a twist on interviewing, try an informational interview. One of the best sources for gathering information about what's happening in an occupation or an industry is to talk to people working in the field. This process is called informational or research interviewing. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate - you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.

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