Seven Quick Interview Tips
With application season underway, you’ll soon start preparing for interviews. 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 quick tips to help you out.
- Research the organization. Visit the company website, check their Wikipedia page, and see what current and past employees say on Glassdoor. Pay specific attention to their mission, vision, and values. Prior research will give you a better sense of the type of people the company likes to hire, help you tailor your answers, and demonstrate your strong work ethic.
- 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 — it will note the position the person was applying for, as well. And if you personally know someone who pursued an opportunity at the same organization, ask about their experience.
- Practice. Once you’ve found some questions you think are likely to come up, formulate possible answers. For a standard behavioral interview, we recommend answering questions with the STAR method. Practice giving your answers to friends, family members, and/or Dean and Alycia (who are available for mock interviews by appointment!).
- Develop questions of your own. Coming prepared with questions offers a variety of benefits. Posing questions that reference your prior research (“I was interested in this aspect of the mission statement—could you expand on it a bit?”) will again reflect your work ethic. Additionally, questions that touch on issues that could impact your decision to take the job (vacation, organizational structure, etc.) will demonstrate your genuine interest in the position.
- Bring a copy of your resume. Set it in front of you during the interview to help keep track of what experiences, accomplishments, and projects you’d like to bring up. It’s also not a bad idea to print an extra copy in case an interviewer asks for one.
- 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 you’re engaging thoughtfully.
- Give yourself time! While preparing for an interviewer doesn’t need to be a challenge, it can be if you procrastinate. Aim to start a few days in advance to ensure you arrive with confidence.
For additional advice, check out our Interview Workshop from last year. And be sure to attend this year’s event, happening Oct. 18, 12:30 – 1:20pm in BLD 070!
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
10/12: Concur Coding Challenge: Introduction; 12:30 – 1:20pm, MGH 258
Concur is hosting a coding challenge for iSchool students. A two-part event, this portion will be an introduce the nature of the challenge, and students will have the opportunity to sign up as teams. Cash prizes available.
10/12: Directed Fieldwork Information Event; 6:00 – 7:00pm, BLD 070
Learn about the directed fieldwork option in the MLIS program. This hour-long session is a presentation of DFW policies and best practices, with a Q&A period at the end.
10/17: Microsoft iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Microsoft will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career and internship opportunities. Stop by to connect!
10/18: Interview Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
Interviewing doesn’t need to be a nerve-wracking experience. You’ll leave this workshop armed with the tools necessary to make a strong impression on potential employers.
10/19: Strong Bullet Points for MLIS Resumes; 6:30 – 7:30pm, Online
Boiling past jobs and internships down to bulleted lists can be difficult. Join iSchool advisor Alycia McKenzie for a workshop on turning your experience into impactful statements that will help your resume stand out.
UW Career & Internship Center
10/12: Starbucks Coffee Company InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:00pm, DEM 102
10/13: KPMG, LLP InfoSession; 11:30am – 12:30pm, PCAR 290
10/16: LinkedIn Lab; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134
10/17: West Monroe Partners InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:00pm, DEM 102
10/18: U.S. Job Search for International Students; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134
For additional events, visit the iSchool and Career Center websites.
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