Interviewing Help

interviewstreamWill you be going on an interview soon?

All students are urged to log onto Interviewstream.   This is a web based interview system that allows you to conduct practice interviews at your convenience from any computer with a camera.  Your inteview is private; however, if you would like feedback feel free to email your interview when prompted to

Purpose of an Interview:

  •  An interview is a mutual exchange of information between the employer and the applicant.
  • Employers seek to determine:
    • If your education and experience are a good match with the specific job responsibilities.
    • If you will "fit" into the organizational environment.
  • The applicant seeks:
    • An opportunity to emphasize your abilities and interest in the job.
    • To learn more about the job and the organization in order to decide if you would be happy working there.

 Types of Interviews

  • Informational Interview - conducted by the applicant to learn more about the company or a specific career.
  • Screening Interview - designed to eliminate less suitable candidates and to narrow the applicant pool.
  • Stress Interview - creates situations to see how you might handle job-related stress.
  • Series Interview - consecutive interviews within the same company or organization.
  • Group Interview - involves the interviewing of several candidates simultaneously.
  • Board Interview - interview conducted by two or more people at the same time.
  • Behavioral Interview - asks questions which determine how you handle challenges.

Preparing for the Interview

  • Arrive a minimum of five minutes early.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Bring the necessary items, such as:
    • Extra copies of your resume - in a leather portfolio or notebook
    • Reference list with 3 to 5 individual references
    • Quality pen and/or pencil
    • Work samples that demonstrate skills and abilities
    • Small umbrella (leave in car or hotel room if not necessary)
  • Have clear directions to the interview; understand parking location and estimated travel time.
  • Know the name and title of the person you are meeting with.  Ask for the interviewer's business card.
  • Research the company and the position; understand what the employer is seeking in a new hire.
  • Practice answering questions. Be prepared for inappropriate questions.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Send hand-written thank you note within 24 hours of the interview.

During the Interview

  • Greet the employer with a firm handshake and refer to the interviewer by name.
  • Watch your non-verbal communication. Maintain good eye contact and smile appropriately.
  • Be alert and attentive. Show enthusiasm for the position and the company.
  • Answer the question asked.
  • If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification.
  • Emphasize your strong points, showing a match between yourself and the position.
  • Know your resume and be able to discuss every aspect.
  • Be prepared to answer tough questions.
  • Never criticize a former employer, teacher, colleague, or school.
  • Follow the interviewer's lead. Do not be uncomfortable with periods of silence.
  • Watch your grammar, avoiding overuse of common phrases and "um," "like", or "ya know,"
  • Control annoying mannerisms such as toe-tapping, knee bouncing, or fidgeting with jewelry.
  • Avoid discussing salary or benefits during the first interview.
  • Be yourself!!
  • Be confident in your skills!