Student Professional Development Center

Interview Skills

Interviewing will be less stressful if you are prepared. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready before you interview.
Utilize biginterview to learn and practice.

Know Yourself

This is your chance to tell the employer why you are the best candidate for the internship or job.  You have to know yourself to sell yourself! You need to be ready to discuss your:

  • Related Skills - Look at specific job requirements and also include skills all employers want such as interpersonal, teamwork, communications, analytical, and leadership.
  • Related Experience - Again, look at the specific position to see how your experience, whether paid or unpaid, fits the job for which you are interviewing.
  • Academic Experience - Target relevant academic experience and be ready to show how it is related to the position.
  • Resume - Many questions can come directly from your resume, so know it inside and out.
  • Interest - Employers hire people who want to do the job and who want to work in their organization.  Your task is to show them that you want to be there doing that job!

Know About The Company or Organization 

Recruiters tell us that the major downfall in most interviews is the lack of knowledge about the potential employer’s organization. Research the employer’s organization prior to each interview.
Some things to be sure you know are:

  • Interviewer’s name
  • Demographics of organization
  • Present and future financial status
  • Recent items in the news and periodicals
  • Organization’s goals, structure, culture and values
  • Product lines or services
  • Customers and competitors
  • How products are marketed; potential new markets, products or services
  • Community support programs

A good resource for information is the company website. We also have links under web resources
on the Career Services website that can help.

Products such as CareerBeam, investigating company websites, and internet
research offer vital company information.  

Know How To Dress

  • Dress Conservatively:  It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Know how other people dress for work in your field or industry, then dress slightly better.  

Tips And Techniques

  • Bring along copies of your resume, list of references and questions for the employer in a professional looking portfolio.
  • Check the interview date, time, and location.  Drive to the business beforehand to confirm directions and time required if you are unsure.  If you're unsure about parking availability, check with the organization.