Improve Resume & Interview Skills
Dress for Success: Interview Attire
- Identify your strengths, values, interests, skills, goals, accomplishments, etc.
- Prepare your materials: resumes, references, transcripts, supplemental materials.
- Prepare your interview attire. See the Dress for Success Page.
- Practice! Do a Mock Interview with OptimalInterview.
- Research the organization on the web
- Talk with faculty, alumni, other employees, etc.
- Find out information on:
- New projects
- Location of facilities
- Headquarters locations
- Recent market developments
- Growth patterns
- International operations
- Structured Interviews:
Formal and direct; guided by the interviewer; questions are mostly job related.
- Unstructured Interviews:
Use open-ended questions; relaxed style conducive to shedding light on candidate's personality; be assertive and stay away from 2-3 word answers; provide examples.
- Stress Interview:
Sometimes used when job has strict guidelines; purposeful long gaps of silence; get candidate's true colors to show through.
- Telephone Interview:
Often used to narrow job pool; many times the interview is with a panel.
- Group Interview:
Several candidates are interviewed at the same time; sometimes used with large organizations that hire large numbers.
- Panel Interview:
More than one interviewer posing questions; many times there are set questions asked of all candidates; need to maintain eye contact with everyone.
- Behavioral Interview:
The most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation; employers predetermine which skills are necessary for the job; your responses need to be specific and detailed; always listen carefully to the questions and ask for clarification if necessary; your interview preparation should include identifying examples of situations where you have demonstrated behaviors.
- Make contact and establish rapport
- Information gathering and giving:
Candidate establishes qualifications and employer highlights opportunities.
Candidate asks employer questions; employer outlines next steps in process.
Interviewers complete notes; review of resumes, references, and interview evaluations.
- Thank you letter:
Candidate sends thank you letter immediately. (See sample Thank You Letter).
- Academic Record:
This is often an indicator of your motivation and work ethic.
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
Can you get along with different types of personalities and communication effectively?
Not afraid to assume responsibilities; can work with minimum supervision
Attitude and behavior; alert, responsive and energetic
Can expand and change with organization.
- High Energy Level:
Capable of handling multiple tasks; show commitment to job
Do you know how to handle yourself in a leadership or difficult situation?
- Special Qualities:
What are your most marketable strengths?
Don’t forget to send your thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview. You may email your letter, but always follow-up with a hard copy in the mail.
Sample Thank You Letters
Resources from JobWeb.com