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Interviewing can make people nervous and in order to interview well, there are some ways to prepare and practice beforehand.

Preparing for the interview

You must be able to express your qualifications, strengths, and interest for the position and be knowledgeable regarding the interviewer’s organization.

Interview Practice

Don't make the mistake of scheduling your most important interview before you practice. Good interviewing skills are learned, and practice is the key to success. Career Services offers two options for improving your interviewing skills: In-person mock interviews and virtual mock interviews.

Dressing for the Interview

Dress professionally! If unsure what to wear, it’s better to overdress than under dress; a dark suit is always appropriate. Wear comfortable shoes! Check out this Power Point presentation for more about what to wear.

Interviewing Tips for Success

For more information on interviewing, check out our handout about tips for success.

Informational Interviews

For a twist on interviewing, try an informational interview. One of the best sources for gathering information about what's happening in an occupation or an industry is to talk to people working in the field. This process is called informational or research interviewing. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate - you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.


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