A strong interview is key to a successful job search. Along with the resume and cover letter, the interview is an opportunity to make yourself stand out to a possible future employer. To assist students in honing their interviewing skills, the Office of Career development hosts interviewing workshops several times a semester (or view them anytime online). We also facilitate real-time practice interviews with career counselors, alumni and local businesspeople provide immediate feedback. Students may also access IMPRESS, our video software, through our SMC JobLink and record their responses to a wide variety questions. They may then review their interview for a self-critique or send it to a counselor or professor for review.
A Few Tips to Keep in Mind
- Prepare - do a practice interview, know what you will wear, get directions to the location, know with whom you are interviewing, bring a copy of your resume, prepare questions and a list of references.
- Background Info/Research - what are the basic operations of the company? What is the organization famous for? In what areas of business are they looking to advance?
- Follow-up - remember to leave your contact information, and always follow-up with a handwritten thank-you note.
- For a more extensive explanation of the Interview Process, check out our Interview Skills Handout that offers an A to Z guide to improving your skills in the interview process.
What are employers looking for?
- Communication Skills
- Coping Skills/Adaptability/Self Control
- Team Building Abilities
- Leadership Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
- Decision Making
- Ability to Juggle Multiple Tasks
- Commitment to Completing Tasks
- Organizational and Planning Skills
- Current Technical Abilities