❏ Research, research, research – The more you know about the company/organization the better. The research you do will be some of the tools in your interview toolbox.
❏ Dress the Part – Conservative and comfortable. Professional is key, comfort is equally important! Don’t be the candidate fidgeting with your jacket or pants in the lobby. Wear a suit that fits, is clean, and allows you normal movement.
- Men: Suit with jacket, collared shirt, tie, dress shoes
- Women: Pant or skirt suit, conservative blouse, heels no higher than 3”, avoid too many accessories
- It IS appropriate to ask your recruiter about the appropriate attire if you are unsure.
❏ Tell me about yourself… – Never again stumble when responding to this request! This is a common way to open up an interview – expect it! Candidates should be answering 4 questions in 2-3 sentences, lasting about 30-60 seconds:
- Who are you currently?
- What are your areas of focus?
- What are your experiences and/training?
- What are your strengths?
Here is an example: I am a marketing and communications professional with expertise in the areas of public relations, business communications and company branding. I’ve been successful in working in both for-profits and non-profits in mid-sized markets and have proven to be creative and enterprising in offering B2B solutions in both print and electronic media. I most enjoy identifying social media strategy, project management and strategic planning.
❏ Interview Questions
- Research commonly asked interview questions
- If you are an NLU student or alum, record a mock interview on CareerBeam!
- Tools on the CDO website
- The most common interview question type is behavioral-based questions
- Premise is that past behaviors are the greatest predictors of future behaviors.
- How have you handled these situations in the past? Giving detailed information is key.
❏ Do you have any questions for us? Yes! A resounding Yes! You should ALWAYS have questions to ask. I recommend having 3-5 ready.
- Avoid asking basic questions that can be found on the website or by doing your basic research
- Use the interview itself to develop your questions
- DO NOT ask about compensation
- Asking intuitive questions leads to a much more fruitful conversation
- Check out these sample questions to ask the interviewer.