How to Prepare for an Upcoming Interview

Two people in an interview.

Interview preparation is a critical component of a job or internship search. Preparing for the interview is almost as important as the interview itself. The key to successful interviewing is knowing who you are and knowing the organization with which you are interviewing. To prepare for any interview, you should:

  • Do a self-evaluation
  • Research the organization
  • Review sample questions you might be asked and questions you can ask the interviewer

For a deeper dive, check out our Interview Quick Guide and the video at the bottom of this page.

Do a Self Examination

Do a self examination. Know what you are looking for in a position by evaluating your values, interests, skills and abilities. Know why you want to work for each company you are interviewing with.

Prepare and Practice

Prepare and practice for your job interviews. Put together a list of potential interview questions and think about how you might answer the questions if asked. Also, always bring questions to ask the interviewers.

Schedule a Mock Interview

Schedule a mock interview with one of our professional Career Engagement Specialists. Mock interviews are intended to help you sharpen your interviewing skills and are useful when you are applying to graduate school, for an internship or a full-time employment opportunity. Mock interviews are generally conducted in person, though if you are unable to visit our office, we can do a mock phone interview with you.

Do Your Research

Research, research, research. Before going to an interview, you will want to learn more about the company, department and industry trends. Depending on the company, you can find this information on their website, through the news or by word of mouth.

Dress For Success

Dress for success! First impressions are extremely important to employers. Make sure you dress appropriately for the industry in which you want to work or intern. Practice wearing your interviewing clothes so that you are comfortable in them.

Need Interview Attire? - CCED maintains a career closet stocked with clean interview attire, donated by IC community members.  Stop by to check it out and borrow something.

Eye Contact & Handshakes

Make Eye Contact

Practice making eye contact when you’re talking with someone. And don’t forget to smile!

Practice Your Handshake (In A Non-COVID World)

Practice your hand shake. It is important that it be firm. Don’t give someone a “dead fish” hand shake. Conversely, don’t break someone’s bones.

Need Space For A Phone Or Virtual Interview?

CCED has interview space on an as available basis when campus is open.  You can schedule interview space through your Handshake account (your Netpass credentials are your login)

This video breaks down the before, during, and after of an interview.