Seven Simple Tips to Acing Your Interviews
Now that we’re getting started with application season, you’ll likely soon find yourself needing to prepare for an interview. Doing so requires work, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. With some concentrated effort, you can prepare yourself in just a few days. Below are seven tips to help make that happen.
- Research the organization online. Visit the company website, check out their Wikipedia page, and see what current and past employees say on Glassdoor. Learning about their mission, vision, and values will give you a better sense of what kind of person the company is looking to hire.
- Research common questions. A simple Google search will yield a number of questions you might be asked during interviews for certain types of jobs. Glassdoor also provides specific questions asked of people who interviewed at the company previously. And if you personally know someone who pursued an opportunity with the same organization, ask them about their experience.
- Practice. Once you’ve found some questions you think are likely to come up, practice your answers with friends, family members, and/or an advisor.
- Develop questions of your own. Coming prepared with your own questions for the interviewer demonstrates your genuine interest in the organization. Asking detailed questions can also demonstrate that you’ve done your research on the company, as well as your critical thinking skills. As a general rule, it’s good to have at least three questions ready.
- Bring a copy of your resume. Set it in front of you during the interview to help keep track of what experience, accomplishments, and projects you’d like to bring up.
- Bring a pen and notebook. Writing down keywords from the questions you’re asked will not only help you quickly formulate responses, it will show the interviewer that you’re engaging thoughtfully.
- Give yourself time! Although preparing for an interview doesn’t need to be a challenge, it can be if you procrastinate. Start as early as possible — preferably a few days in advance — to ensure you arrive with confidence.
If you’d like more help, you can sign up for a mock interview with Alycia or Dean, or come by during drop-in hours for quicker advice.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool events you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
10/17: Interview Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
Interactive workshop on interviewing basics — make sure to bring a phone, tablet, or laptop so you can participate. If you can’t make it in person, follow along using Zoom. Full-time, first-year MSIM students, this will be the same presentation you attended during your career orientation day.
10/18: Career Fair Workshop w/ Liberty Mutual (hosted by Winfo); 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
Prepare for career fair season with the help of professionals from Liberty Mutual and your peers from Winfo. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.
10/19: Workday iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)
Chat informally with software engineers, data scientists, and app developers from Workday. International students eligible only for data scientist positions.
10/20: Cisco iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416 (iLounge)
Chat informally with representatives from Cisco about career and internship opportunities. Unable to hire international students.
10/20: Resume Café; 1:00 – 3:00pm, Suzzallo Café
Join Dean and Alycia for a quick drop-in appointment to help polish your resume. Appointments will be 15 minutes or less.
Career & Internship Center
10/14: LinkedIn Lab; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134
10/17: Google, Inc. InfoSession; 12:00 – 1:00pm, MGH 134
10/18: Graduate Students: How to Talk to People at Networking Events; 4:00 – 5:00pm, SMI 304
10/19: Science & Engineering Career Fair; 12:00 – 5:00pm, HUB Ballrooms
10/19: Teach for America presents: Successful Networking in the Non-Profit World; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 134
Informatics students only. Register in advance.
Register in advance.
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