Interview Tips

INTERVIEW TIPS

Quick Facts...

  • To make a good impression at an interview: Do your research, rehearse, then relax. 
  • Practice ahead of time with sample questions and different interview styles. 
  • During the interview, be tactful, courteous, sincere, polite and knowledgeable about the organization and what you have to offer it. 
  • Always send a follow-up thank you letter to the interviewer.

Successful interview

  • You've just applied for college admission, a major award or a new job.
  • You have been invited to come in for an interview next week.
  • Your resume, cover letter and good use of networking contacts have brought you this far.
  • Now do your research, rehearse and relax. If you've had interview experience through 4-H youth development or school, you're ahead of the game.
  • Here are some tips to help you make a good impression.

Interview Preparation

  • Do Your Homework 
  • Learn as much as you can about the opportunity and the interviewing organization.
  • Evaluate your own knowledge, skills and abilities and think about how you qualify for the opportunity.
  • Find out information about the organization ahead of time.

General Questions

  • What is the name of the interviewer(s)? 
  • Where will your interview be conducted?
  • When and for how long?

College or University

  • Is it public or private? State or municipal? Land grant? What majors are the most popular? How many students attend? Can you study online? 
  • Do you know any students who attend? If so, ask them how they like going there. 
  • What is the rate of admission? Of graduation?
  • What scores do students usually need for acceptance?
  • What is the rate of employment upon graduation in your field or area of interest?
  • What are the expectations?
  • Do you need to have a laptop when you arrive?
  • Will you be traveling during breaks?

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