PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW:
Information Preparation - Have you done your homework?
- Research the organization by reading the Annual Report and any other
printed information about the organization, or by arranging an information
interview with a person who works in a similar position at another
organization. You can also find a lot of company information on the
- Develop a clear, concise resume and be prepared to elaborate on what it
- Know what you want to do and be able to explain how it fits in with the
sample interview questions and develop ideas of how you will answer
them. Ask a friend to role-play with you. Practice answering the questions
out loud and pay special attention to any that seem difficult or
uncomfortable for you.
questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Most interviewers expect
you to ask questions about the organization, the specific job, etc.
Remember, this is a time for you to "interview the organization," as well
as for the organization to interview you.
- Please take advantage of a great online interview program called InterviewStream! This service is provided to our students by the Office of Alumni Affairs. InterviewStream allows you to practice interviews via webcam in the comfort of your home.
Psychological Preparation – Put yourself in the right frame of mind. You
need to feel self-confident, and believe you are the best person for the
Physical Preparation – Dress neatly and conservatively, and avoid fads.
Attire will depend on the job you are seeking it is always safest to
dress conservatively. Make sure your clothes are clean and well pressed.
Neatness and cleanliness count.
Carol Benedict: SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center Intern Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
- Buy at least one set of CONSERVATIVE CLOTHES. It cannot hurt you to be
overdressed, but being underdressed (or miss-matched) can be a killer.
Also, be certain that your shoes are in good repair and recently polished.
- If you need a haircut, get one. Be well groomed and neat. Care enough to
check in a mirror before you walk into the interviewer's office.
Be early and bring something to read in case the interviewer is late. If
there is company literature in the waiting area, read it. This is a good
chance to pick-up on some information that is current. If the interviewer
runs late, he/she will feel less guilty if you appear to be entertaining
Whatever you do, DO NOT ARRIVE LATE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW!