The Career Development Center supports your development of interviewing competencies, such as professional communication skills, articulation of industry-specific keywords and skill sets, and facility with a variety of interviewing styles and types. Interviewing is a skill and practice makes perfect. Make the most of your interviewing opportunity by following the tips below.
Before the Interview:
Ask: When scheduling the interview ask for details: Who will you be interviewing with? Length of interview? (30 minutes? All day?) Other logistics about the day? (Arrival instructions, parking, lunch). Is this a phone interview? If yes, review this guide to prepare.
Reflect: “Why do I want this job?” “Why do I want to work for this organization?” “What makes me stand out as a candidate?” “What skills have I developed that can be transferred to the responsibilities of this position?”
Research the organization: Know about their mission, their strengths, products and services, culture, and competitors. Look to the organization’s website and review current industry-related news. Know how you fit into the position and the organization.
Prepare answers to common interviewing questions: “Tell us about yourself.” “Why do you want to work for us?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Do you have any questions for us?” Know how to answer behavioral-based interview questions. Check out additional questions on this app.
Practice: A mock interview can help you articulate your strengths, add polish to your presentation and increase your confidence. Conduct a mock interview in SJUcareers or schedule a mock interview with a career counselor by calling 610-660-3100.
Review: The Guide to Interviewing for detailed explanation of best practices and more sample questions.
During the Interview:
First impressions matter: Shake hands firmly with the employer, smile, maintain eye contact, and treat everyone you interact with professionally.
Make the connections clear: Relate your experiences to the needs of the position and the organization.
Ask questions: Well-prepared questions help you stand out as a candidate and demonstrate your interest in the position. Refer to the list of questions you prepared.
Express gratitude: Thank an interviewer for their time, ask about next steps, and request a business card so you can follow up.
After the Interview:
Directly After the Interview:
Write a thank you e-mail to the employer (with your resume attached) within 24 hours. This communication should thank the employer for the opportunity, reiterate your interest in the position, and remind the employer how your skills meet their needs.
2 Weeks After the Interview*:
If you are still waiting to hear, follow-up with the employer at the two week mark with a phone call to inquire about the status of the search and to let them know you are still very interested in the position.
Throughout the process:
If you need assistance in navigating follow up, talk to a career counselor to discuss an individual plan of action.
*Timing for follow up is dependent on information received from the employer regarding hiring timelines. Adjust your follow-up accordingly.