The first step in your interview preparation is to research the employer. Become aware of their products and services, what share of the market do they control, find out who their competitors are, read reports available online, review their website, and speak with any colleagues who may work there.
Your résumé is an important marketing tool that can help you during your job search. It should be clear, concise and comprehensive. Below are some tips:
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Your cover letter is more likely the first contact you will have with a potential employer. It serves to introduce yourself, to provide a snapshot of your credentials, and to request an interview. Always address your letter to an individual and not just the Human Resources Director. Be clear in stating the position you are applying to and express your interest in the organization. Your letter needs to be well written and spark interest on the part of the reader. Below are some tips:
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Students are often unsure or a bit afraid on how to handle a professional interview. This may be the first time that they had to go to a “real” interview appointment. But as with all things, the more you practice the better you get and the more at ease you feel about entering the interview room. Before you start setting interview appointments, we strongly encourage you to attend a Mastering the Interview workshop. Login to your Job Mine account for date and time information.
Your résumé may get you to the interview, but how well you perform in the interview will determine if you will get a job offer. When preparing for an interview it is important to pay attention to what you wear. We recommend that you always dress in professional business attire.
Here are some recommendations on what Men and Women should wear to an interview (PDF).
If you accept a job offer, then you are ethically (and sometimes legally) bound to take the job, even if you receive a better offer at a later time.
Accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other companies is considered unprofessional and unethical.
To avoid such situations, follow these recommendations:
If you need assistance in evaluating a job offer, visit with one of the Career Center staff.
Our “No Show” Policy states that a student who fails to honor a scheduled interview appointment without sufficient notification of at least 24 hours prior to the interview is considered a “No Show”, and thereby forfeits interview privileges. The student and the student’s Department Chair are notified.
Procedure for Reinstatement: Interviewing privileges may be reinstated after the student writes a letter of apology to the employer and submits the letter to the University Career Center in an unsealed, addressed envelope with appropriate postage affixed for mailing. Company contacts and mailing addresses are available at the Career Center.
A Second No Show will result in denial of further interviewing privileges and the Department Chair and Dean will be notified. Students asking for reinstatement must appeal to the University Career Center Director.
The Career Center in conjunction with the Student Engagement and Leadership Center host a dining etiquette experience called Miner Manners to prepare students for an interview over a meal. We invite you to register for this special event hosted each long semester. If you are unable to attend or missed the event this semester, you can still benefit from the Etiquette Handbook (PDF).