Great News...You Have an Interview!
You receive the telephone call you have been anticipating - you are being asked to go in for an interview. While you will obviously be excited and just happy about the opportunity, there are a few things you should remember:
Before the Interview - Start practicing your interview skills. Prepare several answers to common questions including examples demonstrating that you have the skills required for the job. It helps to practice with a friend. You should also have a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
First Impression - Be on time and dress professionally.
Confidence is Key - Enter confidently and with a smile. Shake hands firmly when the interviewer offers to do so. Maintain eye contact and be personable.
Be Prepared - Bring additional copies of your cover letter and resume, know your references, bring letters of references, illustrate your work and skills with the use of a portfolio and carry additional copies of your diploma, certificate or degree.
Do your Research - Learn as much as you can about the company and the job. This will help you answer and ask relevant questions.
Listening Skills - Listen attentively and speak clearly.
Social Skills - Do not chew gum, eat or drink, even when waiting to be called.
Body Language - Body language speaks loudly. Keep hands relaxed. Avoid excessive hand motions and don’t let fidgeting portray nervousness.
Follow Up - After an interview always follow-up 24 to 48 hours later with a thank you e-mail.
For sample interview questions, log into myCentennial. Once you've logged in, click under the Student Services tab to find the Grad Success Pack for field specific examples.