So you’ve gotten a job interview, now what? Interviewing involves many things to think about including how you will project a professional image, what you will say, and ultimately how you will shine. Utilize the resources below to prepare for interviews!
Three Things to Consider Before Your Job Interview:
Tips for Effectively Wrapping Up Your Interview:
Preparing for Your Interview
- Confirm ahead of time who will be making the travel arrangements.
- Dress appropriately, as you never know who will meet you at the airport.
- Have the hotel and taxi/shuttle names, phone numbers and addresses with you.
- If possible find out who will be in attendance.
- Order something that's easy to eat and doesn't make a mess!
- Remember that a meal is still part of the interview and can affect your status as a job candidate.
- DO NOT order the most expensive meal on the menu or alcohol.
- If you will be having dinner with company representatives, confirm the specifics - dress code, location, time, transportation, etc.
- If you're unclear about the dress code, go with business professional attire.
- Carefully plan all logistics to avoid surprises. If driving, you may want to do a “dry run” especially if you are unfamiliar with the area in which the company is located or if you will be driving during rush hour.
- Try to get your itinerary ahead of time so that you know what to expect.
- Pace yourself so that you are not showing exhaustion by the end of the day.
- Prior to your first interview, ask to use the restroom to freshen up (particularly if you have just flown in or driven in that morning).
- Bring extra copies of your resume, transcripts, and references.
- Bring a portfolio, brief case or other similar carrying case (avoid file folders, large envelopes and backpacks).
- Have a legal pad or steno-notebook and pen ready in case you need to take notes.
- Be courteous to ALL of the people you meet during the visit.
- Write down the names and titles of people you meet and ask for their business cards.
Practice Interview QuestionsIn addition to the questions provided in the Preparing for Job Interviews booklet, the resources below can also help you shine in the interview process!
- ReadyPrepInterview--Find interview questions specific to the position or industry in which you are interviewing!
- Case Interviewing Tips by Deloitte--Learn what it takes to succeed in case interviewing!
- Impress Online Mock Interviews--Available exclusively for KU students through KU Career Connections. Making an excellent first impression is essential for a strong interview. With the BCS' Impress Mock Interview Module, however, interviewing does not have to be overwhelming or intimidating. Students can practice interviewing skills anytime, anywhere using Impress's easy to use online platform. With a computer and a simple webcam, anyone can participate in a mock interview wherever Internet access is available.
To try out an Impress Online mock interview:
- Login to KU Career Connections
- Click on the Resources menu, then Mock Interviews.
- Business students can select either “Business – Full Time Positions” or “Business – Internships”
- The recorded interview may then be submitted to BCS to be reviewed by a career advisor; from there, an advisor will send you a critique of your interview, as well as tips and tricks to improve your performance and gain a cutting edge in the interview room.