Interview Prep: Three Things to Do

If you’re graduating in a couple of weeks or looking for an internship, I hope you’re preparing for your interviews. In case you’re not quite sure how to prepare, here are some basic ideas to help you get started.

Self-Assess

One reason for an interview is for the person to determine if you’ll be a good match for the organization (and if the organization is a good fit for you). Think about why you are the best person for the job. What are your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and so forth? What do you bring to the job that others do not have? Make a list of your accomplishments and consider how they are relevant to the employer. Quintessential Careers has a worksheet that can help keep track of accomplishments in various areas of your life.

Research

Make sure you research the company/organization for which you will be interviewing. Also, research the department and position for which you are applying.

The company/organization website is a good place to start. Keep in mind that this is just a start. Here are some additional suggestions:

  • Vault – Go to Hawk Jobs. Once you’re signed in, look under “Career Resources” and click on “Vault.”
  • The Forbes 500
  • Job Search Intelligence (includes salary information)
  • Standard & Poor’s
  • Andersen Library
  • EquiRaise – a free calculator that determines average compensation increases (including wages and salaries and benefits) and cost-of-living adjustments based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are many other sites to discover and don’t forget to talk to others that currently work in the organization/company you’re considering. Also consider finding out about the companies competitors.

Practice

This is commonly referred to as a “Mock Interview.” You are welcome to call our office at 262-472-1741 and schedule an interview with one of our counselors. You could also go online and look for “Interview Questions.” The point is to practice. I recommend working with as many different people as possible to give you a better preparation.

If you have further questions about interview preparation, check out our website or contact our office.