Interview

 

Interview Preparation

 

 

 

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Plan to dress one level above what employees at the business wear everyday.

  • For example if the company employees wear business causal, plan on wearing a business suit or at least slacks, skirt, and a suit jacket.
  • If you are unsure about the level of dress it is better to error on the more formal side.

Practice common interview questions on your own and schedule a practice interview with Career Services.

Print out extra copies of your resume and add a notebook and pen for taking notes.

  • You can write questions you have for the company down in your notebook beforehand and use the notebook to jot down important dates or information during the interview. 

 

 

 

Show up at least 5 minutes early

Use confident body language (make eye contact, sit tall, use gestures when it feels comfortable).

And do not worry about pausing now and then to think about a question.

  • Protip: Bring a water or coffee/tea in with you to your interview. If you need a minute to think, take a drink, and then answer the question.
  • Another strategy is to ask for a minute to think about the question. 

At the end of the interview, ask a few questions. Check out the links below for suggestions and inspiration on what to ask. 

In the Interview

 

Video Interview Tips

 

 

 

  • The background should be clean and professional.
  • Choose a quiet place with good lighting.
  • Career Services has rooms for video interviews and you can also reserve a room in the library or other campus building.
  • Check to make sure that your webcam and microphone are working and that the lighting in the room is bright enough so that it does not make an odd shadow on your face.
  • It is always a good idea test run the software (Skype, Google Meet, Zoom etc.) that the company has decided to use, by calling a friend or family member.
  • All the above steps listed in Preparation and the Interview are relevant to video interviews as well. 

 

 

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Preparation

 

 

 

In the Interview 

 

 

 

 

Video Interview Tips

  • Choose the Location
    • The background should be clean and professional.
    • Choose a quiet place with good lighting.
    • Career Services has rooms for video interviews and you can also reserve a room in the library or other campus building.
  • Test run the software/program (Skype, Google Meet, Zoom etc.) that the company has decided to use, by calling a friend or family member.
    • Make sure your webcam and microphone are working and that the lighting in the room is bright enough so that it does not make an odd shadow on your face.
  • Go through the steps listed in the face-to-face interview preparation.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Acing Video Interviews
  • Video Interview Guide: Tips for a Successful Interview

Helpful Links

 

 

Interview Preparation

 

 

 

 

 

In the Interview

  • Show up at least 5 minutes early
  • Mind your posture and use confident body language (make eye contact, sit tall, use gestures when it feels comfortable).
  • Answer questions honestly and do not worry about pausing now and then to think about a question.
    • Protip: Bring a water or coffee/tea in with you to your interview. If you need a minute to think, take a drink, and then answer the question.
    • Another strategy is to ask for a minute to think about the question. 
  • Ask a few questions at the end of the interview. Check out the links below for suggestions and inspiration on what to ask. 

Follow up

 

 

 

 

Video Interview Tips