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​Overview

Interviewing well is a critical element to master if you are going to be successful in your job search. If you’ve been invited for an interview, the employer has determined that you meet the qualifications of the job based off of your resume and/or application and cover letter. The interview is about fit within the organization.
The Career Center is here to help you prepare for your interview. Call us at 303-556-2250 to schedule an appointment to go over basic interview tips, or to schedule a practice interview.
The following tabs have basic information to help you get started.
 

Interviewing Brochure

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CareerSpots Videos:

interviewbefore.png Before The Interview

  Interview Research | 7 Tips for Researching Companies
  What Recruiters Look For | First Impressions

  Informational Interviews | Know the Interviewer
                             Strong References | Building a Portfolio

interviewdress.png Dressing For The Interview

  Interview Dress for Women | Interview Dress for Men
  Business Casual


interviewduring.png During The Interview

  Phone Etiquette | The Interview  Top 10 Interview Mistakes
  Online Video Interviews |
Behavioral Interviewing 
  No Google Answers | Ask Tough Questions
                             Interview the Interviewer


 After The Interview

  Interview Follow Up | Follow Up with Employer 
  Art of Saying THANK YOU | 2nd Interviews


salaryandnegotiation.png Salary & Negotiation

  The Salary Question | Talk Salary When
  Negotiating an Offer | Juggling Job Offers

Practice interviewS 

Practice interviews are extremely effective in helping you prepare for your actual interview. The Career Center staff can conduct a practice interview with you. Whether it’s a general interview, or for a specific position, our staff will tailor interview questions for you and have you answer them as if you were in an actual interview. We will offer tips on how to answer questions and feedback on how your interview went.
Are you interviewing for admission into a graduate program? We offer practice interviews for those too!
You can prepare for your practice interview by going through the additional tabs, watching the Career Spots videos below, or practice in front of a mirror, or with a friend or family member.  Then come to the Career Center.  We offer various types of interview preparation that can assist students with the interview process. 

Come in to Tivoli 267 or call 303-556-2250 to learn more about the different types of preparation we offer and which one is best for you and your situation.

​Tips and Strategies

The internet is flooded with tips on interviewing. Here are our recommendations.

Research the Employer and Position

Remember: Practice Makes Perfect

• Schedule a practice interview with the Career Center as soon as you are offered an interview.
 

Be Professional

• Elements of professionalism include the way you dress, communicate, carry yourself, and interact with others. 
 

Dress Professionally

• Traditionally, dressing up for an interview meant to wear business attire; a suit and tie for men, and a pants/skirt-suit for women.  Additionally, don’t wear cologne or perfume, polish your shoes, make sure your hair is neat.
  
• Questions on appropriate dress for interviewing? Check out our Pinterest page! (Hyperlink to http://www.pinterest.com/UCDCareerCenter/)
 

​Have a Firm Handshake, Make Eye Contact, and Be Aware of your Body Language                                                  

Follow Through

• Send a thank you note to the interviewer(s) within 24 hours of the interview.  Email thank you notes are preferred versus snail mail. In the note, thank them for taking time out of their busy day to meet with you.  Also remind them of your qualifications to meet their needs / solve their problems. 
 

Remember:

Be confident and be yourself!

​Preparation

Know What You Want

Know why the position you will be interviewing for is a good fit for your personality, interests, skills, and values.  Understand your strengths and weaknesses.  Realize how your education and professional experience support your career objectives and will provide value to a new employer.  Think of examples (stories) to support all of the above.

Understand What Employers Want

In the 2014 Job Outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers rated the following 10 characteristics as somewhere between very important and extremely important:
1.       Ability to work in a team structure.
2.       Ability to make decisions and solve problems.
3.       Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work.
4.       Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the  
           organization.
5.       Ability to retain and process information.
6.       Ability to analyze quantitative data.
7.       Technical knowledge related to the job.
8.       Proficiency with computer software programs.
9.       Ability to create and edit written reports.
10.    Ability to sell or influence others.
Think about a short story you could tell that would show the employer how you have demonstrated those traits in your life. 

Research the Market and Sales

Go into each interview with a good idea of what the market value of that position is.  Unless you are interviewing for a position in government or education, salary information is often not included in the job posting.  You are almost guaranteed to get a question about your salary expectations.  So be ready!
Here are good FREE online resources to research salary:
·         Salary.com
·         Payscale.com
·         Glassdoor.com
·         Wetfeet.com

​Questions

Traditional HR Questions

These questions are focused on getting to know you better and understand your expectations.  One of the best ways to prepare for these questions is to know who you are, what you offer, what your limitations are, and know how you can make an impact on the position you are applying for.  BE SURE TO PROVIDE EXAMPLES (when appropriate) TO JUSTIFY AND GROUND YOUR ANSWER!
 
Some examples are:
·  Tell me about yourself.
·  What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
·  Why do you want to leave your present position?     
(Come in to the Career Center to get a list of the 50 most common interview questions or specific strategies to approaching them based on your unique situation.)
 

Behavioral Based Questions (Position-Specific Questions)

Behavioral questions refer to questions that attempt to determine whether you have the skills and experience to do the job.  The assumption built into behavioral questions is that past behavior is a predictor of future performance; i.e. if you have done it before you can do it again. Often a behavioral question will begin with:
 
· Give me an example of....
· Tell me about a time when you....
 
To identify potential behavioral questions you might face, look at the job posting.  Every bullet point that either talks about the duties/responsibilities in that job or the requirements/ qualifications for that position can easily be turned into potential interview questions.  Also, refer to the 10 characteristics employers identified in the 2014 NACE survey.  Each of these can easily be turned into a potential interview question.
 

Strategies For Answering Behavioral Questions

The best way to answer a behavioral question is with a short story (an example).  Stories provide the evidence to support your claims, and there is a simple structure to them:  S-A-R, an acronym for:              
Situation – Action – Result.
 

• Situation

Describe the situation/problem that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish.

• Action

Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you.  Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did.

• Results

What did you accomplish? What were the results? Quantify the results whenever possible.  How did the event end? What did you learn?
 

Questions You Can Ask

Here are some good questions that you can take with you to any interview: 
·          Can you describe a typical day/week?
·          What are the biggest challenges I will face?
·          What are the opportunities for advancement?
·          What are the company’s goals/objectives?
·          Describe the corporate culture.
·          Why did the person who previously held this position leave?
·          Describe your management style.
·          What do I need to accomplish in the first 3/6/12 months to be
             successful in this role?
 
Stop by the Career Center to talk with a career counselor to practice answering interviewing questions.

 
 
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