Academics

Interviewing

Congratulations—you scored an interview! How can you make the best possible impression throughout the interview process? We’re here to help!

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. Go into the interview knowing as much as you can about the company or organization.

Practice. Do a mock interview, or have someone ask you common interview questions. The CSO holds large-scale mock interview events, and Career Peer Advisors are available to conduct them, too. Simply schedule an appointment through Handshake! Want to practice virtual interviewing from the comfort of your home? Use Big Interview to view training videos, review sample interview questions, and record and review mock interviews. Register and log in with your Alma email address to start using Big Interview. 

Prepare. Put together the right interview outfit. 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 appropriate 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.

Watch the event calendar for mock interview events and/or schedule one with the Career Peer Advisors at your convenience. You’ve got this!