Here are some tips and ideas for navigating your interview with ease and confidence.
A good interview starts with preparation.
- Do your research and learn everything you can about the organization. Read their website to see how they talk about themselves. Google them to see if there’s news about them. Talk to current or past employers to get the inside perspective.
- Anticipate questions they may ask. Look carefully at the position description for clues about the types of questions they’re likely to ask.
- Review your resume. Be prepared to speak in detail about anything on your resume.
- Prepare several questions that you can ask the interviewer.
- Practice! Set up a practice interview with a career counselor. Have it recorded so that you can view it and critique yourself.
We can’t stress enough the value of a practice interview. Interviewing, like any other skill, is something you improve with practice.
Have some answers to these questions ready before the interview.
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There may be alums at the organization where you want to interview. They can help tell you what kind of questions the interviewers may ask, and give you other ideas as about the organization.
Thank You Notes
Writing a thank you note after an interview is quick and easy. It’s also a critical part of the process, and something you should never skip.
After an interview, it is customary to send a thank you note to the person (s) who interviewed you. Below are some tips for writing the note:
- Your thank you note is a business letter. It is appropriate to send the note in hand written, typed/printed, or email formats.
- Don’t use a first name – If the person you have interviewed with has said, “Please, call me ____” then you may begin your “thank you” note “Dear _____”. Otherwise, it should begin, “Dear Mr./Ms.,” with a colon.
- Begin with a “Thank you”
- Make it short – Your Thank you note should be quick and to the point. It should include:
- A return address and date
- An inside address
- A salutation
- An initial “Thank you” for the interview
- A personal remark relating back to the interview
- Any additional point you wish to reinforce
- An indication that you remain very interested in the position
- Another thank you
- A “Sincerely” or “Yours truly”
- Your signature
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