Interviewing & Professional Dress


Your job during an interview is to sell yourself. There are a few steps that can help you during this process, and presenting yourself as a prepared and qualified individual will have a strong, positive impact on your candidacy.

Steps for a Successful Interview
Know Yourself

Know who you are and what you have to offer. Here are some things you’ll want to think about.

Know the Company

It is important to conduct research on the organization prior to the interview. Review the company website, but don’t stop there!

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Dress Professionally and Look the Part

A business suit is usually the best and safest way to go for both men and women. Dark colors are most appropriate (black, dark blue, gray) and a white shirt for men with a tie and a white blouse for women. You will want to bring extra resumes and copies of your reference page.

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Arrive early

It is best to arrive 15-20 minutes early for an interview. Never be late!

Practice standard interview questions

There are some questions that you will be asked in most interviews. Preparing for common interview questions will help you build confidence for the interview. The following are some examples of common questions:

Prepare for Behavior Based Questions Using the STAR Method

Based on the idea that what you have done in the past is a predictor of your future workplace behavior, the interviewer will be asking behavioral based questions. In answering these questions the interviewer will be expecting specific examples of a Situation/Task, Action, and Result (STAR).

Ask Questions

Have several questions prepared to ask the interviewer! Three or four is usually a good number. Some examples of questions to ask about are:

Negotiate Salary

Do not ask about money during the interview. Let the employer initiate the conversation and be prepared to discuss your total compensation package.

Research the average salaries of professionals in your field.

Know what may be included in your total compenstation package.

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Send a Thank You Note

A thank you note is one of the surefire ways to make yourself memorable and let someone know their time was valued after a networking meeting, function, or interview.

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Sample Interview Questions
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