Interview Tips

  • Be punctual and plan to arrive 15 minutes before your interview.
  • Dress professionally as you are making a first and lasting impression.
  • Avoid strong perfumes, eating strong smelling foods, and smoking before your interview as some interviewers may be sensitive to scent.
  • Establish and maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Practice having a firm handshake.
  • Expect the interview to begin with direct questions or minimal small talk.
  • Plan to answer direct questions about your goals, accomplishments, and strengths as they relate to the position you are interviewing for.
  • It is expected that you will have researched the organization/company and that you can demonstrate this knowledge in the interview.
  • It is acceptable and expected for you to ask questions at the end of the interview. Be sure to ask what the next step is in the hiring process.
  • It is acceptable for you to follow-up with an employer once or twice after the interview to inquire about the status of your application. This demonstrates your interest in the position.
  • Review the interviewing section of the Career Center web site for more tips and resources.