Successful interviewing is an essential skill for career development. Practicing is an important strategy for a graduate school or job interview and staff are available to conduct mock interviews. You can prepare for a specific interview or receive coaching on general interview techniques. Career Development also offers resources about different interview formats, sample questions and suggestions to improve your interviewing style.
Practice is the best preparation, so contact us for a mock interview. If you don't have time for either, feel free to browse the following sections for information.
Be sure to prepare examples. Some ways to help you with the process:
Questions for the interviewer is one of the main factors that employers will use to eliminate potential candidates:
Last step: practice, practice, practice! Contact Career Development for a mock interview!
Employers Want to Determine:
What to bring:
Portfolios and writing samples: Some employers may like to see examples of your work. This is common in some fields and becoming more common in others. You can include writing samples, awards and recognitions, letters, presentations, printed materials, or publications. Make sure it is relevant before bringing the portfolio, otherwise it will simply be a hassle.
Within 24 hours:
Do not bring up salary during the interview process. It may arise, but allow the employer to bring it up. There are a few ways to handle the topic.
Salary negotiation after the offer:
When the offer is made, ask any questions that you have at the time and thank them for the offer. Let them know if you are interested, but it is okay to ask for a few days to think about it. This is often expected, and you want to make sure if this is the right opportunity for you. Make sure that you receive the offer in writing; they should send you an official package or email with the offer including salary and benefits information. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if you should accept the offer:
It could be beneficial to consider how the job fits into your overall value system:
See the salary and negotiation section for links to various salary research websites.
Please feel free to download this list of common interview questions
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