All students are urged to log onto Interviewstream. This is a web based interview system that allows you to conduct practice interviews at your convenience from any computer with a camera. Your inteview is private; however, if you would like feedback feel free to email your interview when prompted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of an Interview:
- An interview is a mutual exchange of information between the employer and the applicant.
- Employers seek to determine:
- If your education and experience are a good match with the specific job responsibilities.
- If you will "fit" into the organizational environment.
- The applicant seeks:
- An opportunity to emphasize your abilities and interest in the job.
- To learn more about the job and the organization in order to decide if you would be happy working there.
Types of Interviews
- Informational Interview - conducted by the applicant to learn more about the company or a specific career.
- Screening Interview - designed to eliminate less suitable candidates and to narrow the applicant pool.
- Stress Interview - creates situations to see how you might handle job-related stress.
- Series Interview - consecutive interviews within the same company or organization.
- Group Interview - involves the interviewing of several candidates simultaneously.
- Board Interview - interview conducted by two or more people at the same time.
- Behavioral Interview - asks questions which determine how you handle challenges.
Preparing for the Interview
- Arrive a minimum of five minutes early.
- Dress appropriately.
- Bring the necessary items, such as:
- Extra copies of your resume - in a leather portfolio or notebook
- Reference list with 3 to 5 individual references
- Quality pen and/or pencil
- Work samples that demonstrate skills and abilities
- Small umbrella (leave in car or hotel room if not necessary)
- Have clear directions to the interview; understand parking location and estimated travel time.
- Know the name and title of the person you are meeting with. Ask for the interviewer's business card.
- Research the company and the position; understand what the employer is seeking in a new hire.
- Practice answering questions. Be prepared for inappropriate questions.
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
- Send hand-written thank you note within 24 hours of the interview.
During the Interview
- Greet the employer with a firm handshake and refer to the interviewer by name.
- Watch your non-verbal communication. Maintain good eye contact and smile appropriately.
- Be alert and attentive. Show enthusiasm for the position and the company.
- Answer the question asked.
- If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification.
- Emphasize your strong points, showing a match between yourself and the position.
- Know your resume and be able to discuss every aspect.
- Be prepared to answer tough questions.
- Never criticize a former employer, teacher, colleague, or school.
- Follow the interviewer's lead. Do not be uncomfortable with periods of silence.
- Watch your grammar, avoiding overuse of common phrases and "um," "like", or "ya know,"
- Control annoying mannerisms such as toe-tapping, knee bouncing, or fidgeting with jewelry.
- Avoid discussing salary or benefits during the first interview.
- Be yourself!!
- Be confident in your skills!