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Before the Interview • Get your career goals in focus • Identify your main strengths related to the job • Gather specific accomplishments to back up your skills • Research the company • Find out the dress code in advance and dress accordingly • Practice with yourself or with a friend
During the Interview • First impressions count! • Be on time, or even a little bit early • This allows you to relax and feel comfortable • Start strong by beginning on a positive note • Use open-ended questions as the opportunity to respond with your main strength • Send the right body language • Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact, use gestures if appropriate, and relax!
During the Interview • Speak clearly and concisely • Keep your responses specific • Ask relevant questions to increase your understanding of the job • This also shows the interviewer that you have done your research on the company as well. • Close positively • Emphasize again your strong points
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer • “What’s Your Ideal Employee Like?” • This question will give you an idea as to the working style of your boss, and whether or not your styles are similar • “How Do You Measure Success on the Job?” • If you want to excel at this job, you need to know how that will be determined by your boss. • You may also want to ask about the typical career path for successful employees (you want to work for a manager who recognizes and rewards excellence).
Interview Stress • Visual Realization • Picture yourself succeeding in the situation • Practice a few days (or hours) before the interview to help build confidence • Don’t Just pause • Flub a question? It’s OK! • When you feel yourself starting to panic and lose focus, take a deep breath and tell yourself ‘You can do it!’ • Take a 10 second pause to re-collect yourself
Tough Questions • How to prepare for the tough questions you know you will have to answer: • ‘Future’ Question • Don’t focus on specific career plans, but talk about things that are professionally important to you and how you will achieve them • ‘Why’ Question • It may be hard to praise yourself, so practice in front of a mirror • Be confident, not boastful
After the Interview • Write aletter or e-mail • Add pertinent information you might have left out during the interview. • Reiterate your interest in the job • Ask about your timetable and follow up with a phone call • Cordially inquire and reiterate your interest again
Need Practice? • Career Services has “InterviewStream” • Web–based tool to practice customized interview questions from home or at the Career Services Center • Don’t have a web camera? You can practice recording your interview at Career Services Center during Express Advising hours Monday – Thursday 1:30-4:00pm. • "On Camera Practice Interviewing for Jobs & Internships" • A small group setting, practice typical interview questions and receive immediate feedback. • career.ucsd.edu for more info.
Workshops with More Interview Tips • “Interview to Win” • “Interview Interactive for Health Professional School Applicants” • Learn strategies for success • Visit Career Services Center for information on how to sign-up • On library walk
Advising Services • Career & Internship Advising by Appointment • Call 858 534.3750 • Walk-in Career and Internship Advising • Express-15 (15 min. drop in sessions) • Mon-Thurs. 1:30- 4 pm • Professional and Graduate School Advising • By appointment only • Call 858 534.4939 • Advising Online • Use ‘Quick Questions’ for answers to simple questions