Career Services

Interviewing

Many people worry more about the interview than any other job search activity.  But the good news is that interviewing is a skill that can be learned and mastered.  First of all, you just need to know what questions employers are likely to ask (we have the list).  Then practice answering those questions using the S.T.A.R. method (we will show you how). And third, you need to prepare some questions and know how to follow-up (we have some examples).  We even have some links below that show you how to dress.

When you are prepared for an interview it can be an enjoyable experience.  It's a conversation with other interesting people who you may be working with for along time to come.  So start your preparation now so you can excel and have fun.

To Begin:

  1. Watch the 5-minute video on interviewing techniques (introduction to the S.T.A.R. behavioral method)
    http://careertv.com/video.php?mediaid=0m5z326md5PSswHhnTlnMw

    ....Write down what S.T.A.R. stands for so you remember how to answer questions using that acronym.
  2. Read the Optimal Resume Interviewing module tutorial then practice a minimum of 10 questions online via your laptop camera. http://willamette.edu/dept/careers/vcc/resume/index.html

HELPFUL RESOURCES

How to dress for career events and interviews

On-campus interview techniques

Interviewing strategies (Powerpoint Presentation)

Informational Interviews

Sample Interview evaluation form

Interviewing techniques

http://www.rileyguide.com/interview.html all types of interviewing situations. 

http://web.mit.edu/personnel/irt/compquick/compinterviewtips.htm  How MIT trains their interviewers to conduct Behavioral Interviews.  Good “insider” information

http://amdt.wsu.edu/research/dti/  How to dress for the interview

12 ways to improve your interview

Negative Factors which lead to rejection