Step 1: Preparation (View the online version of our Effective Interviewing Workshop)
- >> Interview Preparation
- Research the employer; Career Insider is a great place to start
- Schedule a mock interview to practice
Step 2: Know what to expect
- >> What to expect during a first interview
- What to expect from different types of interviews
- An informational interview is very different from a job interview. The purpose is to network and gain understanding of a career field by talking to people in that industry. For a thorough guide on informational interviewing, visit Quaint Career's Informational Interviewing Tutorial.
Step 3: Present Yourself Well
- Know what to wear
- Review proper etiquette when searching for a job
- Firm handshake and make eye contact.
- Listen carefully.
- Show your interest in the position and the organization.
- Be positive.
- Show your confidence.
- Maintain good posture.
- Avoid one word answers.
- Ask questions.
- Relax and be yourself.
Step 4: Prepare your answers
- Common Interview Questions
- Behavioral Interview Questions
- Case Interview Questions
- Use your unlimited access to Glassdoor to find out what employers have asked during interviews
Step 5: Wrapping up the interview
1. The interviewer will ask, "do you have any questions?" Prepare your questions beforehand
2. Obtain the interviewers business card so you can email/fax/mail a thank you letter
3. Evaluate your performance (external link) so you can improve for next time.
Step 6: Follow Up
Within a week, email/mail/fax a thank you letter. You will most likely receive a follow-up phone call from the employer letting you know if they want to hire you.
If you've been made an offer