Prepare Before the Interview

Preparation Tips
  • Research the organization and available position.
  • Have a professional attitude/appearance.
  • Have a clear idea of what you want to do.
  • Be prepared to "sell yourself" and your ability to do the job.
  • Know you resume.  Be able to draw from a variety of experiences that demonstrate your skills and abilities.
  • Consider visiting the organization before the actual interview, to help determine how much time to allow for travel.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

What Employers Will be Looking For

1.  Decent Grades - Recruiters often use GPA criterion as a way of screening out less desirable job candidates.  To some, good grades indicate the applicant is motivated.

2.  Communication and Interpersonal Skills - The ability to communicate effectively with others and get along with a variety of different types of personalities are two of the most desirable qualities in job candidates, according to recruiters and employers.

3.  Enthusiasm - It's not enough just to have the right qualifications; an employer needs to know that you are willing to give 100 percent to your job.  Candidates who are alert, responsive, and energetic impress interviewers.

4.  Flexibility - Employers need to know that the people they hire can expand and change as their companies do.  Applicants who are receptive to new ideas and concepts are highly valued by employers.

5.  Leadership - Even in entry-level positions most employers look for evidence of leadership qualities.  Successful companies need self-starters who are not afraid to take responsibility for doing the best job possible.

6.  A High Energy Level - A job candidate's willingness to work hard matters a great deal.  Employers want to know they are committed to devoting the prime hours of your day to the job.

7.  Maturity - An illusive quality that employers almost always mention in connection with first job hires, maturity essentially means knowing how you handle yourself in a business situation.  Misplaced humorous remarks, giggling at inappropriate moments or being indiscreet about company information are telltale signs of immaturity.