Here are some tips from the pros on how to successfully interview and hopefully, land your dream job.
Research the company
- Before you talk to a company, find out all you can about it and the position you are interviewing for
- Browse the company website, brochures, etc.
Find out who will interview you
- This is important so you can find out about them; maybe they graduated from Ohio State, or you have something else in common; also so you know who to ask for and who to follow up with
Dress professionally—yes, a suit
- It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed
- No white socks
- Pressed shirt
- Appropriate-length skirts
What to bring to an interview
- A portfolio of your work, no matter what your major
- Several copies of your resume
- A mental list of questions to ask your interviewer
- Something that has your contact information on it (resume, business card, etc.)
- Something to give them and remember you by
Interviewers’ favorite questions/statements
- Tell me about yourself
- Prepare a 60-second introduction of yourself that is tailored to the position you are applying for. Include some accomplishments, internships, relevant classes you have taken, etc.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
After the interview
- Make sure you leave with contact information of your interviewer(s) so you can contact them.
- Send them a handwritten thank you note. Refer to the company and them individually to personalize it. Mention something that was discussed at the interview. Make sure they know you are interested in the position.