Interview Preparation

If you are asked to interview for a position, it means the company is interested in hiring you.  It is completely normal to feel nervous, but with practice and preparation you can enter the interview feeling ready to succeed.  Interviewing is a skill, not a natural talent.  Here are a few steps you can take to help ensure a successful interviewing experience:

Research the company, industry, and position

The more you know, the better you will be able to market your skills and experience. It may be useful to create a one page “cheat sheet” with information you have found and review it before the interview.  Check out our research resources for an idea of what to research and where to find it. 

Know yourself, your skills, and your experiences

You should be able to articulate why your skill set and experiences qualify you for the position. Be ready to discuss what sets you apart from other candidates and to provide specific examples.


Review the types of questions commonly asked and practice your responses, schedule an appointment with a career advisor or participate in Mock Interviews with Alumni (available about once per semester).

Follow up with a tailored thank you note

Check out follow-up examples and resources