Getting a Job: Interviews

Interviewing
An interview is a strategic conversation. Interviews are opportunities; for employers to meet you, assess your personality, and see how you would fit into the organization; for you to sell yourself to the employers; and for you to learn about the position and to determine if you want to work for that company.

Interview Guide
No matter if you have experienced many or no interviews, this is the place to begin. This will walk you through the process of preparing for the interview.

The Telephone Interview
A phone interview is a different type of interviewing than in person. This will guide you through preparing for a telephone interview.

What to Wear
When you approach your wardrobe decisions for your interview, think clean, simple, and understated. Wild hairstyles, platform shoes, excessive jewelry, sloppy athletic shoes, the latest fashion and overstated makeup do not make a good first impression. Interviewers want an applicant’s skills and abilities to stand out, not his or her apparel. Your first impression is determined by the way you “package” yourself for the interview.

You want your appearance to communicate respect for authority and the position as well as confidence in your ability. Making a good first impression depends on your choice of attire including accessories, the way you are groomed, and the manner in which you greet the interviewer.

Paying attention to detail in grooming yourself signals to your prospective employer that you will pay attention to detail and take pride in your job responsibilities. Whether you are interviewing at a garage or bank, it is always best to keep your wardrobe on the conservative side.

Business Etiquette
The definition of etiquette is: “the forms, manners, and ceremonies established by convention as acceptable or required in social relations, in a profession, or in official life.” Common sense should be your guide regarding dining and business etiquette. When in doubt, do what Julia Roberts’s character does in the film ‘Pretty Woman’: “Wait and watch!” When dining with an employer remember it may look like lunch or dinner but it’s still business. The way you act during a meal will have impact on your future. For more information about business etiquette, stop by the Career Center.

Interview Practice
Schedule a mock interview in the Career Center to get real interview practice. Plan to spend about an hour to complete the mock interview and receive feedback. Benefits:

  • One-on-one interview session.
  • Immediate feedback and evaluation.

Remember
Bring a copy of your resume to the interview. Wear professional attire. (Encouraged but not mandatory) Show up a few minutes early.

To schedule a mock interview call (662) 562-3954. Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

*Mock Interviews for class assignments are your responsibility to complete in a timely manner, which meets your instructor’s deadline.

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