While a resume can get your "foot in the door," the interview is the most important element in the job search process. Through interviews, you and the employer have a chance to exchange information and participate in a discussion to determine whether you are a good fit for their organization and whether the organization is a good fit for you.
Create and Rehearse your Elevator Pitch
Create a concise, memorable summary a.k.a., your elevator pitch, for introducing yourself. Highlight your most relevant experience, accomplishments, abilities and future goals that relate to the position. You can use this introduction in response to the prompt "Tell me about yourself."
Select your Interview Attire
Make a good first impression!
If you are in need of interview attire, visit the Cardinal Closet in Wickes Hall across from the Career Services office.
Schedule a Mock Interview
The best way to prepare for an interview isto acutally do it! Schedule a mock interview today!
Prepare Questions for the Interviewers
Interviewers expect you to ask questions. Asking questions helps show genuine interest in the position and organization.
While no standard set of interview questions that every organization uses exists, based on the job roles and requirements you can start to get an idea of the types of questions that may be asked.
Check out this guide on some of the most recent popular interview questions along with tips on how to answer them!
Video (Virtual) Interview
You will likely be asked this question, so use it to your advantage. Stay clear of personal information. Answer using the most recent and relevant information. Having a concise summary of yourself, in the form of a 30-second "elevator pitch" is the best way to answer this question.
Example: "My name is Coop Cardinal, and I am currently a sophomore studying Accounting at Saginaw Valley State University. For the past two years, I have been a student employee in the Career Services office, assisting with on-campus student employment and ensuring departments are properly tracking their budgets for student workers. I also recently completed a presentation with the Finance Club where we won first place. I welcome the opportunity to go further with Rehmann and enhance my accounting and auditing skills through this internship."
The STAR method is a technique to learn and use for interviewing when you answer behavioral questions about previous experiences. By utilizing this method, you are ensuring that your answers are clear, thorough and complete.
Never leave a job interview answering this question with "no." By asking an employer a question or two, you will exhibit interest in the employer and the position. This is also your chance to ensure the company is the right fit for you! Preparing these questions in advance is easy. Also, pay attention to the questions they ask you during the interview. Ask the interviewer questions that show that you learned new information about their company or organization:
Be sure to research the employer prior to the interview to avoid asking questions that are already on their website.
Reach out to the people who interviewed you and thank them for their time and consideration. This can be done with a quick email or even with a LinkedIn Connection.
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