Interview Prep

An interview is your opportunity to put your best foot forward, showcase your assets, and obtain a job. Therefore, being prepared for an interview is critical.

There are several things you need to do to ensure you are chosen as the top candidate.

  • Bring appropriate materials. Take several copies of your resume, along with a few copies of your reference page. Bring a notepad and pen to be ready to write down any pertinent information or questions you may have.
  • Dress appropriately. Men should wear a suit with tie, along with dress shoes. Women should wear a dress, skirt, or pant suit of a solid color. You should dress similar to how you would on your first day of work.
  • Research the company. Review the company’s website and know important information such as their mission statement, the products or services they produce, and their target customers and competitors.
  • Listen. Make sure you pay attention to what the interviewer is saying. Be prepared to answer their questions directly and with examples.
  • Follow up. Immediately following the interview, send a thank you letter including thanking the interviewer for his/her time, restate how you can be an asset to the company, and where you can be reached.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

  • Research the company and the position, and prepare questions to ask.
  • Fill out all required forms thoroughly and turn them in when they are due.
  • Always arrive early – NEVER arrive late!
  • Wear business attire.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake.
  • Be confident.
  • Give a good introduction of yourself.
  • Be honest, but do not tell your whole life story.
  • Send a follow-up thank you letter, note, or e-mail.

Interview preparation materials