The interview is one of the last, and often the most important, step in the hiring process. An interview is a dialogue in which you and the employer can meet each other, share information, and come to a tentative conclusion about the "match" that exists between you and the available position. It serves as an opportunity for you to make an oral presentation of your qualifications and allows you to highlight your strengths. Whenever you arrange an interview, ask who you will be meeting and how much time should be set aside.
An interview is a two-way process. The employer is provided an opportunity to assess how well you communicate, how well qualified you are for the position, and your level of motivation. While the employer is determining how well suited you are for the position and organization, you as a candidate should be attempting to identify whether or not you would want to work for the particular organization.
Remember that an employer is using the interview to evaluate the "total" you. This includes your attitude, appearance, confidence, level of preparedness, knowledge of yourself, knowledge of the position and organization, and your ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Interviewers vary in style and skill level, and an assessment of your abilities through a dialogue is undoubtedly a subjective process. It is important to be yourself and convey a positive attitude.
The Career Engagement Center staff can help you in preparing for your interview. From deciding what to wear, anticipating questions that you might get asked, to preparing questions to ask your potential employer. We can also help arrange a mock interview for you if given enough notice. Please contact us to set up an appointment.
This comprehensive Interview Guide can also help you in preparing for job or internship interviews.