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Interview Checklist

  • Know your strengths.
  • Research the organization and location.
  • Review the position description, if available.
  • Review sample interview questions and prepare answers.
  • Get comfortable talking about yourself.  These are facts you can back up.
  • Prepare a few questions to ask the employer.
  • Clarify the details of the interview – date, location, schedule, attire.
  • Assemble your attire; conservative is always safe.
  • Choose a portfolio, folder or notebook to carry.  Pack your resume, unofficial transcript, sample of your work (if appropriate for your field), and list of 3 references (graduating students only).
  • Get in the zone. See yourself in the job, want the job (you can decide later if it’s a good match).
  • Arrive 10 minutes early.

  • Greet the interviewer with a smile, firm handshake, and good eye contact.
  • Follow the cues of the interviewer; wait for an invitation to be seated.
  • Sit attentively with good posture.
  • Listen carefully; let the interviewer guide you.
  • Frame your answers to highlight strengths and interests that match the opportunity.
  • Ask for clarification or restatement when you are unsure of the question.
  • Be honest if you are unable to answer a question. Offer a thoughtful way you would find the answer.
  • Be prepared to give specific examples to back up statements you make about yourself.
  • Be positive about yourself and your experiences.
  • Ask good questions.
  • Display enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and ask about the next steps in the process.
  • Conclude with a sincere statement of interest in the position.

  • Evaluate your performance.
  • Recognize what went well and what needs improvement. Seek assistance as needed from your career counselor.
  • Email or send a thank you note within 24 hours, if you are interested in further consideration.
  • Not heard back by the date discussed? Follow-up and restate your interest.
  • Continue your job search!

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