Interview Tips

DePaul is full of opportunities ​and ties to the amazing city of Chicago, which means tons of opportunities for internships and jobs. I’m always looking for ways to apply what I’m learning in class into action in the real world, so internships at my age are a great way to do that. I’ve been through so many interviews these past few weeks, and although I’m exhausted from them, I learned more with each interview I had. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind when interviewing:

1. Research

It’s good to know the company you want to essentially work for. I would make sure to note their values and see if they align with yours. Also, research if the company has any events or services that you may be interested in. In addition research the position, make sure the job entails work that interests you.

2. Dress like you want the job

First impressions are important and walking in looking professional is a large part of that. It’s a good idea to invest in a quality suit because you are going to have a lot of interviews and are going to have to wear a suit often.

3. Arrive at least 15 minutes before

One of my coach’s always used to say that if you’re on time, you’re late. Not only is it important to arrive early because it shows you are punctual but it also gets your mind ready and in the interview setting/office before you have the interview.

4. Bring in questions

Curiosity is important. If you are given the name of the person interviewing you, study them and find questions relating to their background to get to know them more. Don’t sound rehearsed with your questions, you want to ask questions pertaining to what they ask you during the interview but always bring some in incase you blank.

5. Practice

The career center​ has so many great resources to practice answering questions and your elevator pitch! It may sound weird, but practice in front of a mirror too. It really helps with confidence and gets you extra prepared to talk to an interviewer.

6. Know yourself

I outline everything I have ever been involved with and write down what each experience taught me. It’s a good refresher as to where you can pull examples from. This gets me thinking about what experience and skills I have so I can answer behavioral questions quickly.

7. Make it a conversation

You’ll hear this often, but you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you so just make it a conversation. A professional one.

8. Be yourself

Don’t psych yourself out. The company you are interviewing for just wants to get to know the genuine you. If you are passionate about something make sure to incorporate that into your interview. Also, don’t undermine your accomplishment, this is your chance to talk about all the things you are proud of.

9. Thank you letters/emails

Make sure to send a thank you​ email as soon as possible after the interview. A handwritten thank you note is also a more sincere way to say thank you. I always do both because you can never go wrong saying thank you more than once.

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