In addition to bringing extra copies of your resumé, at least three professional references, a list of questions about the company and the position and a pen and paper to the interview, you'll want to follow these tips; your career services advisor also can offer valuable job interviewing tips:
Arrive at the interview relaxed
If possible, do a dry run so you know how to get to your destination. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete an application or other paperwork.
When you arrive, introduce yourself to the receptionist or the person greeting you.
Always treat company personnel with respect. This is the first impression you'll make.
Be neat and accurate when completing the application
Don't write "See Resumé" anywhere on the application.
Dress for Success
Even if the company has an informal dress code, dress appropriately and conservatively for the interview. Men should wear dark suits and polished, businesslike shoes; women should wear skirts just above the knee and closed-toe shoes. Also, remove all visible body piercing (other than one set of earrings for women) and avoid wearing perfume or cologne.
Be prepared to sell yourself
When you meet the interviewer, smile, introduce yourself, use a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact. Follow these job interviewing tips during the interview:
- Be prepared to discuss your three or four most marketable skills applicable to the position for which you're interviewing. These skills can come from your work history or your educational background. Prove all soft skills through examples; don't merely offer an opinion of yourself.
- If you're still earning your degree, market your education. "Currently pursuing a degree" is often viewed as a bonus, as the timeliness of information you're learning can be very valuable to the company.
- Talk about Keller's unique practitioner approach.
- Make sure you're comfortable speaking to every point on your resumé.
- Anticipate questions. A question you think you'll be asked will probably come your way.
- Use proper grammar and diction. Avoid saying "yeah," "um," "like," "see," "uh," or "ah."
- Speak clearly. Be aware of your body language and project confidence. Be positive about yourself and what you've accomplished.
- Ask questions throughout the interview. If at some point you're not sure what the interviewer is asking, ask for clarification. This demonstrates you're interested and have good listening skills.
- If asked to describe a failure, weakness or negative experience, finish your response on a positive note by mentioning a lesson learned, growth achieved or how you're currently working to improve.
- When interviewing with more than one person at once, address your answer to the person who asks the question. However, be sure to maintain good eye contact with everyone during the interview.
- Never ask about compensation in the first interview. However, if the interviewer addresses salary, answer the question directly.
- Always go for the job offer. If negatives of the job surface, such as too much travel, make a mental note for evaluation purposes, but continue one hundred percent in the interview. There may be positive aspects of the job that balance or outweigh the negatives. It's better to be in a position of rejecting the offer than not receive it at all.