The Two-Way Interview
It starts BEFORE you say hello! You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so make the first one count! The interview should be treated as a two-way, professional conversation. In a fairly short amount of time, the interviewer has an assigned task to learn about you.
Employers reveal that the biggest interview "no-no" is a lack of company knowledge. Advance preparation is critical to your success; employers expect you to know something about them and what they have to offer before you ever get to the interview stage. They also expect you to know what you are looking for and communicate your goals clearly during the interview process.
The true goal of an interview is to gather the necessary information to make an informed decision should you be offered the job. It is to your advantage to make sure the job and the organization are a good match for you and the employer.
The Career Center offers a number of resources and programs to assist you with your preparation.
- Interviewing Checklist
- Career Center Library
- Career Center Seminars
- Researching Employers
- Career-Related Websites
- Perfect Interview
Interview Training — Mock Interviews
Interviewing is one of the major steps in the screening process for employment and for acceptance into a graduate or professional school. To make sure your interviewing skill is what it should be, we suggest you take advantage of our "How to Interview" seminar (check our complete schedule of events for upcoming seminars) and then schedule an individual appointment for a mock interview.
A mock interview is a simulated employment or graduate school interview conducted by professionals that gives you the opportunity to practice your skill and see yourself from the interviewer’s perspective. The practice interview will be recorded and then you will view it along with the interviewer, who will help you recognize your strengths and the areas that need more polish.
- Appointments must be scheduled in advance (plan for 1 hour).
- Bring a copy of your resume.
- Dress as if you are going to a real interview.