Job/Internship Interviewing

INTERVIEWING well is critical whether it is for a job, a college, or an internship. Preparing for the Interview is as important as the Interview itself. Here are some key points to help you as you prepare for your interview:

GET TO KNOW A BIT ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION BEFORE YOU INTERVIEW Do some research on the company/school/organization. What is their business? Why do you want to be a part of it?  Review well the company’s website.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR YOUR INTERVIEWKnow where the organization is ahead of time. Getting lost en route will only add stress to your day and make you not perform your best once you finally arrive.

MAKE A FIRST GOOD IMPRESSION–You only get once chance!

Be sure to:

OFFER A FIRM HANDSHAKE that says, “I am happy to meet you!” Make eye contact, it lets the interviewer know you are engaged.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Be sure to wear clean and pressed clothing, groomed hair and fingernails. No skin or undergarments showing!

BE PREPARED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS About yourself and about what you have written on your resume.  Ahead of time think about who you are, what skills you possess, how you can add to the organization. See sample questions !!!

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS So that you don’t leave the interview uninformed.  Good interviews are an exchange of information, a two-way dialogue between you and the Interviewer.

BE YOURSELF let your own special characteristics shine through. Do not try to be something you are not.

ASK FOR A BUSINESS CARD Having the  interviewer’s contact information handy will allow you to keep in touch but first will allow you to:

WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE after the interview. You will have the contact information on the business card. Restate your desire to be a part of the organization, and thank the interviewer for their time and the information they have provided you. Cite specific examples when possible.