Few things create stress, anticipation, and fear more than the prospect of an interview. Now, take a deep breath, relax, and concentrate on how to sell yourself most effectively.
It’s all about fit. An interview enables an employer to evaluate a candidate's personality, qualifications, non-verbal communication, punctuality, and general appearance. An interview also enables an employer to ask specific questions and observe a candidate’s responses in a high-stress situation. You not only need to show the employer that you know about the job and the organization, but that you are someone they want to work with and that you will represent the company well. For more specifics regarding how to make a positive impression and a variety of practice questions, check out the complete "How to" Guide for Interview Skills.
Yes, you must take the time necessary to prepare in advance for each interview in order to increase the likelihood of actually receiving a job offer. Practice is key. Find a friend who will provide you with honest feedback or schedule a mock interview in the Career Center. By practicing, you may be able to recognize and change distracting mannerisms or speech patterns, and be better prepared to answer their questions. Using CareerBeam you can even videotape yourself for practice.
Don’t forget to send a thank you note after your interview. This is a great opportunity to refer to issues discussed in the interview, provide additional information, and restate your interest in the position.
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The Career Center also offers individual appointments to discuss questions and concerns regarding interviews, as well as formal mock interviews to test out your interview skills. Call to schedule an appointment.