Cooperative Education and Internships

Interview Tips
Olliea Burrell

  • Make sure voicemail messages and social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) are professional.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation. Prepare to state three significant strengths you want the employer to know about you.
  • Bring several copies of your resume on resume-quality paper. Familiarize yourself with the contents of your resume.
  • Research the organization and familiarize yourself with the position description before interviewing.
  • Prepare to describe how your skills, experiences, qualities and accomplishments will compliment the overall mission of the organization.
  • Practice responses to behavior-based interview questions using the star format (Situation, Task, Action and Results).
  • Prepare interview questions to ask the employer so you can be an active participant in your interview.
  • Carry a notebook with you. If you have a portfolio, be sure it is minimal, manageable and contains only your very best examples.
  • Dress carefully. Clothes should be professional and conservative.
  • Know the location of the employer and how long it takes to travel to your destination.
  • Be respectful and professional to everyone you meet in the organization. Anyone you come in to contact with may influence hiring decisions.
  • Develop a firm handshake.
  • Be on time, be friendly, be positive, be a good listener, be enthusiastic, be confident, be polite, be professional and most importantly be yourself.
  • Follow-up your interview by mailing or e-mailing a thank-you letter the day of the interview or the following day.
  • Keep careful records of interview details.
  • Be aware that some employers do background checks including: credit, criminal and driving records. Some employers also require drug screens and/or physical examinations.