The job interview is the most important part of your job search. This is your chance to explain your qualifications, demonstrate your personality, and indicate the contribution you can make. The interview is the time to convince the employer that you are just the right person for the job!
Contact anyone you know who works for this organization or people who work in the same field. If possible, follow the organization on twitter and “like it” on Facebook.
Research gives you information that will help you stand out in an interview and also allows you to decide if this is an organization where you’d like to work.
Be able to answer:
Know what you have to offer. Review your resume. Think about all of your accomplishments and your best personality qualities. Make a list of 4 or 5 things you would like an employer to know about you by the end of the interview. Use these points in answering their questions. Be specific. Have examples.
Be able to answer:
Before beginning the interview process, review all your social media pages. Be sure that everything is appropriate for your future employer to read. MAKE CHANGES NOW!
Employers look for people who are enthusiastic, motivated, and poised and those who can speak clearly and easily about themselves. Don’t be afraid to let your own personality show. Here are some things you can do to improve your chances of a successful interview:
Every job interview is a little different. Each interviewer has his or her own style and favorite questions. Listed below are questions that are commonly asked. Careful thought and preparation of good answers will help you to be an active participant in the interview process.Try to have a short story or example to illustrate your answers to the questions. Very short stories following your initial answers to interview questions make your qualifications more apparent and easier for the employer to remember. Concrete examples show that you really understand what you have to offer. Just be certain that the stories can be told simply and very briefly.
Behavior-based interview questions are often used to better determine if a candidate has the qualities and competencies the organization is seeking. This type of interview question requires the candidate to give specific examples and explain situations in considerable detail.
To prepare, carefully review your past projects, jobs, and activities. Think about particularly challenging situations, what you accomplished and why. Consider difficulties as well as successes. Surface answers or generalities will not work. You need to give a thoughtful answer with details and specifics. Prepare “mini stories” that demonstrate successful use of your skills.
Many employers conduct telephone interviews for preliminary screening to decide if additional interviews should take place. Telephone interviews are just as important as regular interviews. It’s important to do the same research and preparation as in a face-to- face interview.
Make a list of your questions in advance. Intelligent questions show that you’ve read about the organization and have a genuine interest in the position. This is your opportunity to learn more about the organization.
If you would like to practice your interview skills with a career counselor, contact the Career Center to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3710.
Ms. Clara Ramos, Director
Center for Community Outreach
Dear Ms. Ramos,
Thank you so much for the opportunity to interview with you today. You helped me to understand much more about the Assistant Program Coordinator position and I believe I could make a real contribution to your organization. I especially enjoyed our discussion about designing appealing projects for teens. My experience with the Volunteer Resource Center at Drew has helped me to develop many of the skills you need in this position.
After speaking with you, I am even more enthusiastic about the position and hope you will seriously consider my application. Please feel free to contact me at 973-408-3456 if I can provide you with any additional information.
Thank you again for the chance to meet today.