A strong interview is key to a successful job search. Along with the resumé 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, we have an online interviewing skills presentation. We also facilitate in-person practice interviews with career counselors or students may also access our interviewing software, through SMC JobLink. Record responses to a wide variety questions and then review the 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 resumé, 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.