Ace the Interview

Business student being interviewed

Professional Dress

Dress to impress. Even if the position might allow casual clothing, always dress professionally and conservatively.
Professional Dress Tips for Men
How to tie a tie
Professional Dress Tips for Women

Introducing Yourself

  • Show confidence.
  • Have a good firm handshake and smile.
  • Speak clearly and in a friendly, and pleasant manner.
  • Have a positive attitude; employers are looking for enthusiastic candidates who show genuine interest in their company and job opportunities.
  • Maintain good eye contact.

How to introduce yourself to employers

Resumes

Have a few copies of your resume with you. If for some reason the employer does not have the original you sent, you want to be able to hand them a new one that they can reference to.

Research

Just as with your cover letter, do your research on the company. The interview will be an opportunity for you to expand on why you are interested in working for the company. Doing your research will help you be better prepared to answer if the interviewer asks why you want to work for the company.

Questions for your interviewer

One way to show your interest in the company and job position is to have some questions prepared to ask your interviewer.

  • What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  • What don't you like about working here and what would you change?
  • Can you walk me through the typical day of someone in this role?
  • How would you describe the company's culture?
  • What's your timeline for making a decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?

There are some topics that should wait until you have a second interview/final interview and you believe you might be offered the position. These questions should not be asked in a first interview because they can give the impression to the employer that you are less interested in the position and the work involved and more interested in a paycheck and time off. 

  • What are the benefits (salary, time off, etc.) for this position?
  • Are there any opportunities for advancement and/or training?
  • Inform them of prior engagements you have that you will need time off for.