Before the InterviewKnow the Organization
You won't get invited to the second interview if you don't do your research. Researching an organization proves your interest in the position and helps you prepare good questions to ask each interviewer. An added bonus: it will boost your confidence!
Try to find out:
- Organization philosophy/mission
- Location of home office and number of branch offices
- Primary products and/or services
- Future plans for new products/services
- Growth potential
- Organizational structure
- Number of employees
- Present stock price
The Career Center has numerous directories targeting specific careers. Visit us!Know the Position
You will be successful during an interview if you are familiar with the position and can match your skills and interests to that position.You will want to know:
- What are the required/desired qualifications and responsibilities of the position?
- Does this position match your career goals?
- How does this position fit within the structure of the organization?
- Is there room for advancement within this chosen career path?
Build a case presenting yourself as the most qualified for the position, regardless of your major. Remember that different positions require specific qualifications and personalities. Also, remember the real questions employers are asking.Well-Defined Goals
Focus on your job objective and skills. If you say to the interviewer, "I can do anything," he or she will not know how to best employ your skills. Instead try, "I am interested in a position as an account representative with hopes of advancement into management."Oral Communication Skills
This is the most important evaluation criterion. It isn't necessarily the best-qualified candidate who gets the job, but the one who is best at presenting his or her qualifications.Employment Experiences
Relate your experiences and transferable skills to the job for which you are interviewing.Sincerity/Enthusiasm
Impress upon the employer that you want this job. Do not leave the employer with the impression that you are just trying to find employment.G.P.A. Requirements
Requirements vary by employer; be prepared to explain any academic deficiencies.Knowledge of Organization/Position
Do not waste time asking questions addressed in employer literature. Awareness of media coverage of an organization and its industry is usually expected and will make you stand out from those who haven't done enough research.
Focus on your strengths, skills and accomplishments during each interview.
- Relevant course work
- Skills acquired through work or volunteer experience
- Extracurricular activities and leadership positions
- Personal strengths
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