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Interview Tips

We receive a lot of resumes from outstanding graduates. What we want to know is if you’re the right person for our company. By the same token, your interview is your chance to see if we can provide the future that you're looking for. Your questions and the ability to communicate your answers will play a big role in our decision.

Preparing for Your Job Interview

The key to a successful job interview is to be able to effectively communicate your strengths and skills. Your ability to market your product (YOU – your education, experience and potential) is directly related to your level of preparation. Some things to consider:

Assess yourself.

  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Academic performance
  • Career interests
  • Personal goals
  • Work experience
  • Special skills

Learn as much as possible about the employer’s business, culture and needs.
Think about how we match up with your career goals. How will your qualifications benefit our team? Be prepared to express your qualifications in an organized, logical and convincing manner.

Be prepared to answer questions about yourself.
Use questions as opportunities to highlight your strengths. Be honest in responding to questions. Acknowledge areas of difficulty or challenges and highlight what you have learned from those experiences.

Be prepared to tell us why you should be hired.
You want to leave the impression with the interviewer that you are one of the best candidates. Always be positive about yourself.

Interview Do's and Don'ts

The purpose of an interview is to exchange information between you and your interviewer. You want to convince us that you are one of the best-qualified people for the job. What you do and say during the interview is very important. Some good advice to remember:

  • First impressions are important. Arrive on time. Do not arrive too early.
  • Dress appropriately. Make sure your clothes are clean and neat. A good rule to remember is that you want the interviewer to focus on YOU, not your clothing.
  • Bring a copy of your resume, just in case the interviewer did not receive it.
  • Act natural. Be yourself. Do not try to “role play” or present yourself as anything other than who you are.
  • Attitude is Important. Be pleasant and easy to talk to. Don’t be afraid to tell an interviewer about yourself. Be enthusiastic without being loud. Keep your voice modulated and focus on talking slowly and clearly.
  • Be alert, friendly and courteous, but NOT casual.
  • Know how to respond to interview questions. Generally a “yes” or “no” answer to a question is not adequate. Use questions as opportunities to present some additional information about your qualifications.
  • Be completely honest. Do not misrepresent information. Deal with potential problems in a straightforward manner. If you are unable to answer a question, say so. Don’t try to bluff.
  • Always keep your primary objective in mind. Your goal is to get a job. If you believe you are qualified for the job and can handle it, say so.
  • At the end of the interview, thank your interviewer using his/her name and shake hands.
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