Interviewing

"Tell Me About Yourself"

Being prepared for an interview is very important. Here are some example questions and tips on answering them.

Informational Questions

  • What interested you in this position?
  • What is one thing in the job description that you will excel at?
  • What is one thing in the job description that will be a challenge for you?
  • How does this job complement your academics?

Behavioral Questions

  • Describe a time when you made a mistake and how you handled it.
  • Tell about a time when you worked on a team, your role, and the outcome.
  • Give an example of a time you experienced a conflict and how you resolved it.

Situational Questions

  • How would you handle a disgruntled customer?
  • What would you do if you were given a project but were unsure how to complete it?
  • What would you do if you had a meeting in five minutes, but were distracted by other company-related responsibilities?

Assessment Questions

Some job opportunities may require you to take assessments before moving forward in the interview process. Remember:

  • Be honest.
  • Know the job qualifications beforehand.
  • Tie skills and personality traits with situational and behavioral questions.

STAR Method

SDefine the SITUATION you will use as your example.

TOutline the TASK that was involved in the example.

ADetail the ACTION you chose to take.

RDescribe the RESULT of this example.

Best Practices for Attire

  • Keep jewelry to a minimum and in most cases cover tattoos.
  • Wear little to no perfume, aftershave, or cologne.
  • Assess the level of business attire required to avoid being overdressed or underdressed.
  • Wear clean clothes and shoes. Make sure clothing is wrinkle-free. Suits, jackets, slacks, shirts, blouses, and professional dresses are encouraged.
  • Fingernails and hands should be clean.

Before, During, and After

Before the Interview

  • Review the job description and the company website; create questions pertaining to the position.
  • Track date and time of scheduled interviews with potential employers.
  • Prepare a final resume and list of references for the interview.
  • Touch base with references about a possible contact from the company or organization.

During the Interview

  • Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • Maintain eye contact with a relaxed smile, using specific examples and experiences to answer questions.
  • Be sure to ask questions and take notes if needed.
  • Thank the interviewer, and ask about the timeline for filling the position.

After the Interview

  • Send a thank-you email or letter to the employer as soon as possible.
  • Follow up according to the timeline mentioned at the interview.
  • Keep searching and applying for other opportunities and continue to interview.
  • Reflect on answers you provided during the interview and keep practicing using different questions.

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