Career and Scholarship Center
Job Interview Skills
An interview gives you a chance
to display your intelligence, talent and enthusiasm. How you
handle yourself can make or break your chances of getting the
job you want.
What's the purpose of an
- It lets an employer learn
about you and your:
abilities, talents, interests, personality, work experience,
- It lets your find about
the employer and its:
needs, history, work environment, business activities, plans
for the future
Knowing yourself is critical.
What types of work excite you? What job do you really want?
What skills do you have? Which ones do you need for the job you
List the schools you've attended, courses you've taken, and degrees
and certificates you've earned.
List all your previous jobs, including part-time, freelance and
What basic attitudes do you have toward the world, other people
- Strengths and weaknesses
What are you good at? What weaknesses must you overcome to get
the job you want?
Ask yourself what you want to be doing 5 years from now. Know
your immediate and long-range goals.
Know the organization, too.
- Research the employer's:
history, products or services, business methods, philosophy,
location(s), standing in the industry, organizational structure.
- How to get information:
Talk with current or former employees.
Send for the organization's annual report catalogs, press releases
or other literature.
- Consult the New York Times
Index, Business Periodicals Index and other publications at
- Check business directories,
trade associations, professional organizations, almanacs, yearbooks,
magazines, newsletters and computer databases.
- Talk to family, friends,
coworkers, teachers, a school placement directory, an alumni
director and industry experts.
- Browse Internet sites on
organizations and employment.
Prepare for the interview
- Gather any needed work samples
- Rehearse your answers.
- Write down your questions.
- Review your work history.
- Be Prepared.
How to conduct yourself
in an interview
- Be on time.
- Dress properly.
- Be friendly.
- Show your enthusiasm.
- Be positive.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Express yourself.
- Be aware of body language.
- Be a good listener.
- Be yourself.
Some Questions your might
- What are your career goals,
both short-and long-term?
- What do you want this job?
- What are you doing to achieve
- What are your strengths
- How would you describe yourself?
- Why did you choose this
- Why should I hire you?
- What does success mean to
- How can you contribute to
- Will you relocate?
- What achievements have given
you the most satisfaction? Why?
- Do you work will under pressure?
- Do you work well with others?
- Why did you leave your last
Some questions you might
Writing a Winning résumé
- What would my responsibilities
and duties be?
- How would my performance
- How would I be supervised?
- What opportunities for advancement
- Is there a training program?
- Whom would I be working
- How much travel is required?
is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments,
and experience. Your résumés purpose is to get
your foot in the door. A résumé
does its job successfully if it does not exclude you from consideration.
To prepare a successful résumé, you need to know
how to review, summarize, and present your experiences and achievements
on one page. Unless you have considerable experience, you don't
need two pages. Outline your achievements briefly and concisely.
is your ticket to an interview where you can sell yourself!
résumés and curriculum
vitae are necessary are necessary elements of a job search campaign.
résumés, usually one page, or vitae, two or more
pages (generally used in the education field), give employers
a written summary of your qualifications and experience. The
purpose of a résumé is to obtain an interview.
On average, employers give each résumé 15-30 seconds
of their attention. It is important, therefore, to make your
résumé highly readable.
One-page résumés usually include:
Tips for Success
- Contact Information
Display your name, permanent address, local address if appropriate,
and telephone number with area code at the top of the page.
- Objective (optional)
Keep your career objective general in nature. If you do not put
an objective on your résumé, you must include
it in your cover letter.
List the school from which you have or will graduate. Also include
your degree, major, date of graduation, minors or course
concentrations, foreign language proficiency, computer languages,
publications, research projects, and academic honors. Grade
point average is optional.
Present paid and volunteer experience in reverse chronological
order. Include job titles. List extracurricular activities and
military experience if applicable. Note leadership experience.
Describe duties, responsibilities, and skills at each position.
State that references (and portfolio, if applicable) are available
When Writing a résumé
- Be specific and results-oriented.
- Use action verbs.
- See whether it passes a
30-second scanning test.
- Laser print it on quality
- Proofread it carefully.
- Misspell anything.
- Include personal information
- Forget to include your telephone
- Type it on a typewriter.
- Forget to highlight your
More tips for successful
- Emphasize your strengths.
- Don't criticize.
- Have something to offer.
- Be assertive.
- Avoid personal issues.
- Thank the interviewer.
When it's time to talk about
- Do your homework
- Be realistic.
- Don't undersell yourself.
Know your career Goals.
Prepare for the job interview
Practice your job interview skills before any interview.
Communicate your strengths.
Be persistent, don't become discouraged.