Interview Preparation

There is no formula for predicting the format of employment interviews. Interviewers’ styles vary and there is a range of approaches, from structured to nondirective. However, the key to successfully completing the interview is preparation. Provide the interviewer with compelling reasons to select you over other candidates.

Preparation Tactics 

  • Research the position for which you are interviewing to determine the required skills
  • Make an appointment to do a Mock Interview with Career Education- this practice is invaluable!
  • Pick up an “Interview Survival Kit” in Career Education and use this to practice answering basic questions
  • Do a test run of traveling to the interview location
  • Plan your “Dress for Success” interview outfit in advance and try it on the day prior

Decoding Interview Questions

All interview questions are attempts to discover what you can do for the employer based on what you have done in your past. Both general and behavioral interview questions focus on your skill-set, experience, and employer research.

 Questions to Ask Interviewers

Remember to always ask a few questions at the end of your interview to show your interest in the organization and to learn a little more about the opportunity. Below are a list of example questions to ask interviewers.

  1. What are the responsibilities and objectives of the position?
  2. What skills have you found to be valuable in this position?
  3. What improvements would you like to see in this area?
  4. Who will evaluate my performance? In what way?
  5. Why do you enjoy working for this company?
  6. Is there anything else about my application/qualifications you would like to discuss?
  7. Can I provide you with any other information to help you in the decision-making process?
  8. What is the timeline for hiring this position? When will I hear from you?

Thank You Email/Letter
Be sure to immediately follow-up an interview with a thank you email. Emails should be written and sent within a day, but send them during business hours. Keep them short and send one to all of the important individuals with whom you met. A guide for writing thank-you emails is available in the Professional Documents Guidebook.