Interview Skills

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
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Initiative/Motivation
  • Ability to Juggle Multiple Tasks
  • Commitment to Completing Tasks
  • Organizational and Planning Skills
  • Current Technical Abilities

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