Career Services

Interviews

Preparation

Research Organization and Industry
Review Past Experiences
Practice Interview Questions
Questions for the Employer
Know Where You're Going
What to Bring With You

Attire

Men
Women

Thank You Note

Guidelines
Sample

Common Mistakes

  • Not knowing anything about the company and clearly not having done any research prior to the interview, indicating a lack of interest in and enthusiasm for the company and position.
  • Not providing enough detail and specific examples when answering questions about skills/past experiences.
  • Being negative and complaining about past employers and/or experiences.
  • Not maintaining good eye contact.
  • Not exhibiting poise and self-confidence (ex: offering a weak handshake).
  • Not using professional language, such as saying "yeah" instead of "yes" and saying "like", "you know", "um" and "uh."
  • Arriving late for the interview.
  • Not having questions to ask the employer (see Questions to Ask).
  • Having a poor personal appearance.
  • Lack of clear and realistic career goals.