What Employers Want
Surveys show that employers seek candidates with the following skills:
Before the Interview
Interview preparation begins long before you meet a company representative. In many ways, you have been preparing all your life by developing communication skills. The ability to communicate, to sell, and to market yourself are critical to getting the job offer, the primary purpose of a job interview.
Remember to come into our office for a mock interview! We can help you develop appropriate questions to ask, and define your answers to probable interview questions. We can also help polish your presentation, and practice interview steps to simply ease your nerves about your important day.
Contact a Career Coach to schedule a mock interview in the Tulane Career Center.
Know What You're Selling
Remember, in a job search, you are the only product. "You" are what you are selling. It is important that you:
You will be unable to answer questions about these areas if you haven't taken time to know yourself. It doesn't matter what your degree or major is, these job questions will still need to be answered. People who appear undecided seldom get good offers.
Researching an Employer
Simply signing up to interview with an employer will not lead to a successful interview. To be successful you must learn as much as you can beforehand about the employer and the opportunities being offered. You may want to research the following topics to become more familiar with the company:
The common method of researching a company today is visiting the company website. Make sure to use the Internet!
When employers interview on campus, most will hold an information session prior to the interview date. Attendance at these sessions is strongly advised and occasionally required by the employer if you plan to be interviewed. Some companies hold information sessions even if they do not plan to conduct on-campus interviews. Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) have all held information sessions with no interviews in the past.
These sessions, required or not, are an invaluable resource to research specific employers. To see upcoming information sessions, view the upcoming calendar in your 5 of 9 account.
For more tips about how to research employers, click HERE.
During the Interview
Typical Questions You May Be Asked
Expect questions that require thought on your part. Questions that start with how, what, or why such as:
And, of course, everyone's favorite opener, "Tell me a little about yourself."
Remember to look closely at your résumé. Listen to your own answers. The employer has the right to question you about anything you have said or written. You must be able to defend, justify or explain anything you say or write, so DON'T LIE. You may want to practice your answers, however. Any preparation is good preparation!
» A Complete List of Typical Questions
What Do I Need to Know About an Employer?
Typically, at the end of the interview, the employer will ask you "Do you have any questions for me?" The interview is still very much in progress and the questions you ask will reflect a great deal on your professionalism. It is always a good idea to prepare specific questions in advance.
» 37 Specific Questions You May Want to Ask an Employer
After the Interview
LEARN FROM YOUR INTERVIEW!
Immediately take the time to evaluate your own performance. Did you present yourself well? What would you do differently if you had another chance? What questions did you have difficulty answering? Write these down, and prepare answers for when it comes up again.
Remember to write a short thank you letter to the interviewer within 2-3 days of the interview. Do so even if you have decided that you are no longer interested in the company. If any additional information is required of you, include it with the letter.
Good luck on your interview!
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