Saturday, 9 October 2010

Campus Interview Tips

# Interviews are a little more than just showing up, even if they were arranged by your campus career  center. An on-campus interview with a company or organization is sometimes less intimidating because you find yourself on your own turf, but you should still think of it as seriously as you would any other interview. Coming in prepared and ready with plenty of resumes in hand will help you stick out from your fellow co-eds.
# It is always a good idea to spend about some time before the interview researching the institution you are interviewing for, whether it is a potential employer or a college. You will want to know what kind of institution it is (for profit or nonprofit), what field it is in and to whom the organization caters. You will want to convince the interviewer you fit into their mission and goals, but you cannot do that unless you have a clear understanding of what the company's mission and goals are.
# You cannot predict what the interviewer will ask, but you can practice answers to the typical questions that interviewers ask. More likely than not, the interviewer will ask some type of variation on these standard questions. Do not practice for memorization purposes, however; giving panned, memorized answers will not impress the interviewer. Do practice poise and speaking clearly and confidently.
Dress Appropriately
# Even though the interview is on campus, that does not mean you can go dressed in the same clothes you would wear to a typical class. At a minimum, dress business casual. This means dress shoes, a blouse and a skirt or dress pants for women, and a dress button-up top and slacks for men. To look like you really mean business, step it up a notch and wear a suit.
Be Honest
# This means, first of all, admitting to not knowing the answer to a question if you do not. An interview is in many ways like an orientation. It is okay if you do not know everything. Furthermore, Yale University suggests asking for clarification if you do not understand something that was said.
Pace Yourself
# Many people feel the need to rush through an interview and end up talking lightening fast. Yale University says to pause after a question is asked and think about it before answering. There is no reason to hurry through an interview, even if you are restricted on time. A well-thought-out answer will be better than something you stumble through in a hurry.
Be Positive
# This means that you should not speak badly about anyone you have worked with or any past employers. This is a huge faux pas in the interview world. Secondly, Eastman School at Virginia Tech recommends avoiding having a negative attitude. This means not being afraid to talk about your positive traits.
Thank the Interviewer
# Of course, thank your interviewer as you leave, but follow up by sending a thank you note. Yale University says this also shows that you are interested in the position, and it will also help you stand out from the rest of the applicants.

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