Academics

Interviewing

Congrats—you scored an interview! How can you continue impressing potential employers or graduate schools in person?

From the moment you arrive for your interview, everyone you meet is evaluating you as a candidate. With some good advice and practice, we can help you prepare for your interview, execute it well and follow up appropriately.

What You Should Know

Research. Don’t go into an interview knowing nothing about a company or organization.

Practice. Do a mock interview, or at least have someone ask you common interview questions. The CSO holds large-scale mock interview events, and peer consultants are available to conduct them, too.

Prepare. Put together the right interview outfit. Women, buy an extra pair of nylons (no, bare legs are not appropriate for an interview). Men, get a haircut. Determine your route in advance and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Take parking and traffic into consideration.

Impress! Smile at everyone. Give a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact. Ask thoughtful questions. Get business cards. Above all, be yourself and don’t let nerves get in the way.

Follow up. At the very least, send thank-you emails. Better yet, follow up with a second thank-you in the form of a handwritten note. Reassert your interest, especially in light of what you’ve learned at your interview.

Feel free to download our more complete overview of interviewing and professional dress. Also, watch the event calendar for mock interview events and/or schedule one with the peer consultants at your convenience. You’ve got this!