INTERVIEW PREPARATIONQuestions to ask your self and be prepared to answer when interviewing for a job or internship.
WHY THIS OPPORTUNITY?
Employers consider candidates who are motivated, prepared, excited about the opportunity and see growth potential within the organization. Responses that demonstrate an accurate knowledge of a role (i.e. - typical responsibilities; preferred skills, traits, knowledge base; possible resulting career paths) and the related career field will impress an interviewer, especially if you can discuss other options you might have considered and assigned a lesser priority. Body language and speech patterns will provide non-verbal evidence of your confidence and determination.
Demonstrating knowledge of the specific employer and its industry is also important.
CAN I DO IT?
WILL l DO IT?
WILL I FIT?
Every organization has a work culture, a way of doing things, a pace of work, and a set of values you may need to be compatible in order to be successful. A potential supervisor wonders, “Can I work with this person? Can others work with him or her?” If you have already experienced a field through a job or internship, or may have networked and shadowed people in their field of interest, you should have an advantage over someone who hasn’t explored a field as much. Even though a resume or cover letter may show related experiences and may lead an employer to perceive a likely fit, questions about work style and expectations will still surface in an interview. If you demonstrate knowledge of what you will encounter in a position and can provide evidence of your own “fit factors”, then you will score points on the “fit scale.”
- Explore fields through reading, networking and experience gathering.
- Think about your goals, interests, skills, and work style preferences.
- Discuss your efforts and findings with career counselors and network contacts.
- Practice interviewing so you become more natural and confident in conducting interviews.
Career Services offers information on exploring careers, consultations, and practice interviews to help students polish their interviewing skills.
Meet with a career counselor call (315) 443-3616 or visit OrangeLink. (Myslice> Student Services>Career Services> OrangeLink>Schedule an Appointment) set-up an appointment.