they've sent out their resumes they're eventually going to get a job interview.
You can help your students know what to do when that big day. Giving an entire
workshop on interviewing may be impractical so you can just print the following
information out and give it to interested students.
to Bring to an Interview
copies of your resume.
portfolio, if applicable.
(name, address, and phone number.)
else that will help you feel more comfortable, including combs, mirrors, etc.
Watch out: many
times interviewers are armed with tough questions.
ended questions- These questions expect more than a simple yes or no out of you.
It gives interviewers a sense of your knowledge in the area.
it!" (Specific questions to show you really have those skills you've
(Do you get rattled easily?)
Remember: Don't get too
Do's and Don'ts
and act naturally.
should look professional, but still be able to breathe.
a positive tone
for the tough questions
companies before you interview
intelligent questions. All that research you did will come in handy here, as you
impress them with your interest in what they do, and your knowledge of how their
on what you have to offer a prospective employer, not what you want
about your rights as an interviewee
up with a note or a phone call
to use an informational interview to land a position
about money in the first interview
for a job!
on your resume
You are interviewing the company you hope to work for as much as they are
interviewing you. You are trying to find the best place to work and learn, and
they are trying to find the right employee. You should be examining your
interviewers and the environment to see if you would feel comfortable working
much should I know about my career field or industry as a whole?
much research do I need to do on the company I am interviewing for?
Since the reason for researching the company is to become familiar with
it and the industry it is in, you should research it until you have enough
information to hold a conversation about it with someone.
You should know your short and long-term career goals and what in your
background has contributed to these goals or prepared you for the position
you're interviewing for. Lastly,
you should be familiar with some current trends or issues related to the field
or industry which have been prominent in the news lately.
to anyone and everyone who knows about your field, position, organization and
current events of interest. Itís a good idea to take down all the information
you learn through reading, talking, and researching on to a interviewing cheat
sheet, that will help you organize your knowledge.
You can use these sheets to prepare for interviews and even bring them
with you for quick reference before or in between interviews.
if the interview comes up suddenly and I have only a day to do my research?
off, you should try to schedule the interview at least a couple of days ahead so
that you have ample time to do your homework, but for some reason you cannot,
you much do the best you can. A
quick trip to the library, a scan of Internet resources, and a brief
conversation with a few key people who know about the organization and/or
industry can help you ace the interview.
Feel positive about yourself even if you donít feel the interview went
well. Each interview you go through is a learning experience, and it will get
easier and easier the more practice you get. You wonít click with every
possible employer, and they many not click with you, but you can still get a
good idea of what type of work is out there, and learn how to give a better
Send a polite follow up letter thanking your interviewer for the opportunity to
speak with them. This can leave a very good impression with that company, and
they may think of you in the future, or even refer you.
the most of your work experience
you get a job you should try to get the most out of your experience. Every
company has something to offer you, but you have to know how to find it. Here
are some of the most important things you can take with you when you leave a
Take any opportunity that you can get to learn a new skill, especially computer
and communication skills.
skills to work on include:
software skills such as a command of Word or Excel
together a proposal, or meeting
be afraid to work hard. If someone you work with knows something that youíd
like to learn, ask them to show you, or at the very least, observe them.
It is very important that you utilize your co-workers to help you solve
problems or make your work better. Get to know the people you work with, because
people almost always work better together than they do alone. Also, your
co-workers might give you good leads on opportunities in your field, or might
even refer you to someone else long after youíve stopped working with them.
Learn that you can accomplish any project you choose to finish. Youíll find
that working makes you see just how much you can do, and how well you adapt.
to learn from every project or bit of work that you do, and figure out how you
can do it more effectively the next time. Always take pride in your work.
always keep in mind that resumes and interviewing are both part of a process
that is there to weed out who is disciplined and motivated and who is not in the
work world. Your goal should be to learn this process so that you can find a job
somewhere where you can feel comfortable, respected, important, and most of all,
happy. No matter what the outlook is, or what people might say to you during
your job search, always aim high.