Career Services has created an Interviewing Guide to help you.
- Plan a professional outfit that is clean and pressed. Remove any lint, strings or tags. Make sure your shoes are polished and wear socks or stockings.
- Focus on conservative colors like black, navy, grey or brown.
- Stick with simple, classic cuts and fabrics. Avoid anything too trendy or tight.
- Minimize your accessories and avoid distracting jewelry or patterns.
- Neckties should have subtle colors or patterns, and belts should be black or match your shoes.
- Men should keep their facial hair neat and trimmed.
- Women should keep their make-up natural and use clear or neutral nail polish colors.
- Avoid wearing strong perfumes or colognes.
- Cover up tattoos and remove facial piercings.
During a behavioral interview, the hiring manager may ask you to tell stories about different types of situations and discuss how you handled them.
As opposed to traditional interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” a behavioral interview question may be “Lead me through your decision making process.”
To make the most of a career fair, job seekers need to make a positive first impression with a professional appearance, on-point resume and knowledge of the company or organization they are meeting with.
For more information and helpful tips, view the Career Fairs for Students page.
Follow the interviewer’s lead, listen carefully and answer questions fully. As the interview is wrapping up, offer information you think is important that they may not have asked about. To make a positive impression, you should ask questions about the company and show that you have done your research. Always ask about next steps and when the selection process will be completed.
An informational interview can help you refine your career path, learn how to break into the field, and determine the skills you need to gain to become more qualified for a specific position. Informational interviewing is used to engage an experienced professional in a focused conversation that provides you with the key information to boost your career.
Prepare for an informational interview in a similar way you prepare for a traditional interview. Research the company, engage the people you meet with, bring your resume, ask questions, be professional, and send thank you notes.
For information on how to identify professionals, request a meeting, plan ahead and sample interview questions, check out the Informational Interview Handout or the Job Search, Informational Interviews & Networking Guide.
The best mock interviews are similar to real interviews, so you should bring your resume, prepare to ask questions, and give full responses. They let you practice both traditional and behavioral interview questions and business etiquette.
After the interview, you will receive constructive feedback on your responses, resume and the overall impression you made.
Preparation is key. Find out the game plan and be ready if you are asked to stay for several hours. Meals and other expenses are usually provided by the company.
- Minimizing noise and distractions
- Speaking in a clear, cheerful, and articulate manner
- Having your resume and prepared questions on hand for your reference
- Taking notes and asking for next steps