Career News and Tips
If you haven’t already found a summer internship or post-graduation job, you’re probably in the stage of interviewing for positions! If you haven’t come to me for help and advice on interviews, here are the tips I most frequently dish out.
1. Research! Anticipate the questions you’ll get by thinking back on your previous interviews and what you were asked, by doing a google search on common questions, or searching on glassdoor.com for interview questions specific to that company. Common questions include: Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths/weaknesses, talk about a time when you solved a difficult problem, worked in a team, or used innovation and leadership on the job, why should we hire you or why are you applying for this position, and what are your questions for the interviewer. Review information on the company, including recent news items about them, and look specifically for information on the group that you’ll be working with if it’s a large company. Did that group win any awards or work on any major projects recently? Do a search on the names of the people you’ll be interviewing with to find out more about their role and achievements.
2. Use the “PAR” method to answer questions. PAR stands for Problem, Action, Result. Begin the answer to an interview question by stating that you have an example (or a few examples) of that situation from your past experience, and describe an example by starting with what the problem was that required your attention, what actions you took to resolve it, and what the outcome of those actions was. Outline several of these examples and stories in advance of your interview.
3. Practice. Do a mock interview at the main UW Career Center or with Janet, or simply practice telling your PAR stories to a friend/partner/classmate. The more speak your examples out loud the more natural they will sound when you tell them in an interview.
4. Refresh. There are a ton of resources on interviewing, and our UW Career Center has a fabulous online workshop with lots of other great information. In addition to preparation, remember the little things like bringing your resume with you, prepare smart and engaging questions for your interviewers, be polite and pleasant with everyone you meet, and send a thank-you note afterward.
If you need more support, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Interviewing!
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