Many people become anxious when they have an upcoming interview. Read over these tips to become more prepared and feel more confident.
- Spend some time researching the company before the interview. They may ask you a question about what you know about the company.
- Practice common interviewing questions, including behavioral and situational questions. Make an appointment to do a mock interview with Student and Community Engagement to get feedback on your interviewing skills.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early and bring additional résumés, a pen and paper, etc.
- Dress appropriately for the interview. Clothing should be clean and conservative. It is suggested, but not required, that a shirt and tie be worn at a minimum.
- Be friendly to everyone you meet.
- Be confident. Greet the employer with a strong handshake, look the interviewers in the eye, maintain good posture, and smile.
- Maintain an enthusiastic and positive attitude. You do not want to come across as stiff and hard to relate to. Use your energy and enthusiasm as a new graduate to your advantage.
- Do not talk negatively about your past employer or colleagues.
- Do not slouch. Sit up straight and do not cross your arms.
- Keep your answers to between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Provide the employer with specific examples of what you have done and how they are transferable to the position in which you are applying.
- Always ask the employer questions at the end of the interview. Do not ask about salary or benefits.
- Write a thank you note to each person with whom you interviewed within 48 hours of the interview.
- Follow up with the employer if you have not heard from them in the time frame that they gave you. However, do not bother the employer unnecessarily.