Interviewing. An interview is no different than an exam; preparation is the key to success. -- Adam Vergne , Micron Technologies. The Importance of the Interview. Hiring supervisors need to know more about you than simply what you listed on your resume.
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An interview is no different than an exam; preparation is the key to success.
-- Adam Vergne, Micron Technologies
-- They try to gauge your personality to ensure it fits the company’s culture.
-- They check to see if your long-term goals align with the internship they’re providing.
-- They look for a match between your skills/knowledge and what the company needs.
EQ: the person’s ability, capacity, or skill to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups.
Interviewing is a skill that must be learned. The key to a good interview is to communicate to the employer that you have the necessary skills to succeed.
-- David Ho, Sandia National Laboratories
-- Use websites to learn about the company. Don’t hesitate to call the company and ask to send brochures.
-- Use resources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, business and trade magazines, etc.
-- Find out about the organization’s history and core business, including services, products, culture, achievements and competitors.
-- Make sure you are aware of any major developments in the organization that have made recent news.
-- Evaluate and make a list of your current strengths and skills
-- Compare these abilities to the job/internship description
-- Prepare a detailed example describing each important ability/strength. This will help you present and market yourself.
-- Why are you the best candidate for this internship?
-- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
-- What is your biggest weakness (strength)?
-- Why are you interested in us?
-- What relevant experience do you have?
-- What are your long-term goals?
-- Can you recall a situation when you were a leader and really stepped up to the plate?
-- Why did you leave a particular job?
-- Describe the worst boss you’ve ever worked for.
-- Do you work well under pressure?
-- Are you sensitive to criticism?
-- Have you ever broken some company rule?
-- What have you learned from your mistakes?
-- What was your biggest accomplishment or failure?
-- Do you prefer working independently or with others?
-- Where else have you applied?
-- Why did you choose your major?
-- Are you married?
-- How old are you?
-- What religion do you practice?
-- Do you have children?
-- Are you planning to have children?
-- Firm handshake
-- Direct gaze
-- Copies of resume
-- Wait until you’re asked to be seated
-- Maintain steady eye contact
-- Listen carefully and don’t interrupt
-- Convey confidence, not arrogance
-- Be conscious of body language
-- Watch your posture and sitting position
-- Don’t fidget
-- Ask questions
-- At the end of your interview, ask the interviewer what the next steps in the interview process are going to be.
-- Reiterate your interest in the organization – tell the supervisor you want the internship (if you do).
-- Ask the interviewer (s) for a business card
-- Thank the interviewer for his or her time
-- Send a thank-you email or card no later than 24 hours after the interview.
-- Evaluate the interview – think of the questions you answered well or would answer differently if you could.
-- Come up with better answers to the problem questions.
-- If needed, follow up.
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