You’ve applied for a position, and now the employer wants to interview you. The Career Resources Center can help you be prepared for an effective interview.

Tips for an Effective Interview

Know Yourself

Understanding who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are and determining what is most important to you are issues that need to be thoroughly considered before you begin the interview process. The importance of “looking inward” cannot be overstated, as it will largely determine the level of satisfaction and success you achieve in your career. Unless you are able to articulate these points with confidence and resolve, interviewing will be a waste of time and, in the interviewing process, there are no second chances.


Know the Job You Want

Once you have determined what you need to achieve personal satisfaction, it is easier to begin the process of career research. In addition to considering the work itself, it is important to look at the lifestyle the career offers. Is it worth an extra $1000 a month to spend an extra 40 hours at work every month? What is the career path? Does it involve travel? Relocation? Do not be afraid to be creative and consider alternatives. Keep in mind that you will be spending more time working than anything else you do in your life (except sleeping!).


Research the Company and the Industry

Thanks to technology there are websites like Hoovers, The Vault and Sorkins that cover every type of industry, company information, annual report, etc. In addition, one can find similar information on individual companies’ websites and in trade journals. Informational interviewing is also a useful way to gather industry information from an insider’s point of view. Fully understand the job description or position advertisement. Research the position offered, the company itself, and the industry as a whole.


Prepare Specific Questions

There is no more impressive way to begin an employment interview than with an early comment or question about what is happening within the company or the industry. Current events are also a great topic and a good way to let the interviewer know that you are interested as well as informed about what is going on in the world. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.


Conduct mock/practice interviews

Unless you are one of those lucky people who can express themselves clearly and concisely under very stressful situations, it is probably a good idea to practice the interviewing situation. Often ideas that you have firmly understood in your head have a way of getting lost when they are spoken out loud.

An informational interview is one of the few interviews in which you are in control of the questions asked. It is a chance to learn more about a specific career, rather than trying to land a specific job´╗┐


Types of Interviews


Case Interview

Informational Interview