Interview Tips

The primary purpose of an interview is to determine the match between the prospective employee and the organization.  The process focuses on 3 areas:

  • Is the person qualified for the job?
  • Are they motivated to perform their duties?
  • Are they suited to the organization? 

Below you will find information to assist you with the interviewing process. 

“I got the interview! Now what!?”

Consider the interview to be like a dress rehearsal for the role.

Sample Interview Questions

Below are some sample questions you may be asked in an interview.

Developing your Elevator Speech

You only have 30-60 seconds to make a powerful first impression. The attention span of the average person is just 30 seconds before their mind starts wandering. The other reason is people have less time today. You need to grab them quickly or lose them forever. 

Click here for more information regarding your elevator speech and a fill-in-the-blank exercise to help you get started.  

What is Professionalism?

PROFESSIONALISM: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.
[www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professionalism]

Practicing professionalism as an intern is extremely important. As interns you are provided an opportunity to establish your professional reputation, so think about how you would like to be viewed as an employee.

TEN TIPS that demonstrate professionalism:

  1. Dress for Success. Most organizations have a dress code. Be sure to dress and groom appropriately for your place of work. Remember, first impressions are extremely important.  
  2. Always be on time- be early if possible. Punctuality is important!  
  3. Avoid missing work. If you are sick, always contact your supervisor if you are unable to be at work. If you are aware of a potential scheduling conflict, be sure to communicate with your supervisor as far in advance as possible.  
  4. Good communication skills include both written and verbal. Use language that is appropriate for your place of work. This also applies to internal emails. When you send out an internal email, be sure to proofread every email you send out.  
  5. Be respectful when conversing with supervisors and coworkers. Try to establish good relationships with your coworkers.  
  6. Take time to observe the atmosphere- notice the unwritten rules of the organization. Be respectful of office culture and property. Never take it upon yourself to "borrow" office supplies. What is in the office stays in the office!  
  7. If your internship site becomes demanding, speak with your supervisor. Just as it is important for you to be a great intern, it is also important for you to be learning from your internship experience.  
  8. Keep your personal matters at home.  
  9. Start your day with a positive attitude. Be sure to make your day productive and strive to do your very best. 
  10. Make great use of your time. Ask questions. Be an interested and active learner as this is the essence of a good work ethic!

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