NCSU CALS Career Services -The Art of Interviewing

The Art of Interviewing

If you have an interview for a job or internship you have obviously impressed an employer with your qualifications.  Now it is time to prove to them you are the right person for the position in your interview.  Interviews can be intimidating, but you can increase your confidence by preparing ahead of time. 

Check below to get some interviewing tips and sample questions to start preparing now for your interview.  Don't wait until you actually have an interview to start preparing.  Many times, employers will call you to set up an interview for the next day, leaving you little time to get ready.

The real key to a successful interview is practice!  Interviewing is a skill that can be learned and improved and everyone's skill level improves the more that they practice.  Don't use real interviews as practice.  Intead, the Career Services staff is here to help you by conducting mock interviews.  These appointments give you a chance to practice your skills and get helpful feedback before your actual interview.  Meet with a Peer Counselor or Career Advisor by calling 515-3249.

Many students aren't sure how to dress for interviews and often make the mistake of dressing too casually.  This mistake can cost you the job! 

Make the transition from student to professional.  Watch a short video of an actual student makeover and get specific examples of casual, business casual and business formal attire.

Informational Interviews:
Another type of interview is the informational interview.  Find out more about this useful tool.

Resources:

Interview Quiz

Behavior Based Questions : Practice with situation-response questions

Why Should I Hire You? : This handout will help you summerize your qualifications

Powerpoint Presentation : Perfecting everything from appearance to handshake

Questions Interviewers are Most Likely to Ask : Practice Questions to increase your confidence

Questions to Ask in the Interview : Review this list of questions you can ask your interviewer


Do I Need a Makeover? : Use this checklist to find out

The Rules of Attire : Learn how to dress for the occasion

Men's Fashion Slideshow : Business Week's fashion guide for men

Women's Fashion Slideshow : Business Week's fashion guide for women

Dining Etiquette : Good manners always count, especically at the dinner table

PowerPoint Presentation : Tips for acting professionally


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