Without preparation, you can make an interview go from hot to cold in a matter of seconds. Do your homework and avoid making irreversible blunders on the big day.
Bob's a smart guy. He cut through the proverbial "Red Tape" with ease. His winning resume and cover letter secured his placement to the second round. Thanks to his sharp mind, he passed the written test they gave him and he got invited to an in-person interview. Bob thinks he's on a roll and that he's going to "wing it" at the interview.
Interviewer: “Why do you want this job?”
Bob: “Can we skip this question and come back to it later?”
Interviewer: “Sure. Bob, would you say that you are better at working on many things at a time, or are you better at working on and getting results on a few specific things. Please give me two examples that illustrate this.”
Bob: “I can't think of two examples off the top of my head, can we skip this question and come back to it later?
Interviewer: “Ummm, sure.” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Bob: I am confident, and I know what I want. I am always prepared and on top of my game. I don’t have any weakness.
Don’t be a Bob.
Be aware of how you are being perceived.
For the employer, interviews are just another method to screen you to see if you live up to all the great things you put in your resume and cover letter. They know that interviews are nerve wracking for most people, and most employers are sympathetic to your anxiety. Nonetheless, you still have to show that you came prepared and that you are serious about applying for their job opportunity. Interview structures vary from organization to organization but you can always prepare for any interview ahead of time.
Student Employment Services provides support with interviews and has prepared A How-To-Guide-for-Interviews (pdf) to get you started. Complete with sample interview questions and a Top Ten List of most commonly made mistakes, our guide will lead you to the job you want.
Download the Interview Guide (pdf)
Download other resources:
Resume Handbook (pdf)
Resume Template (doc)
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