Knowing proper job interview etiquette is an integral part of the interview process. The first impression does matter. Demonstrate to the employer that you have put effort in your appearance. How you greet the interviewer, what you bring to a job interview, and how you communicate can make a difference in the success of the interview.
Each year the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering receives a limited number of internship positions. Companies generally eliminate candidates based on their resumes, using interviews to make the final decision.
What to Wear The candidate that takes the time and effort to properly attire him / herself is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. Choose your outfit carefully, as first impressions are important. As a general rule, you should dress “business casual” – conservative, but still comfortable.
Research the Company Learn all you can about the organization as there is nothing that impresses an interviewer more than someone who shows a real interest in the company and its goals. Doing your research proves that you’re engaged with what the company has to offer and that you made an informed decision when you applied for the position. Knowing this information shows you're motivated and interested in the company. For example visit the organization’s website, this way you can get an idea of how it operates and how a company views its employees.
Know the Posting
Be sure you know what the position requires
Review the job posting. Ask the department for a job description.
Find out more about the job from a former or current intern at the company.
Talk to someone in your network who does similar work.
Prepare Responses to Frequently Asked Questions Spend time before the interview considering the answers to some common questions. You don’t have to memorize a scripted response; the point is to have some focused ideas in your head that will convey your best side to the interviewer. You should at least know the answers to these questions:
Why do you want an internship with this company?
What do you think makes you a good candidate?
What do you think you will gain from an internship with this company?
How does this internship relate to your career goals?
Prepare questions of your own Having thoughtful questions prepared for an employer will show that you’re conscientious about making sure the internship meets your needs as well as the company’s. Here are some sample questions you might consider asking:
How many interns the company be hiring?
With whom will I be working?
What is the office environment like?
How will this internship will benefit me?
Practice what you're going to say and how you are going to say it, this will help you communicate clearly and confidently.
It's best not to memorize questions and answers. Instead, focus on key points that you want the interviewer to know about you.
It's also important for you to ask relevant questions during the interview. It’s a good idea not to ask questions about salary, vacation or other benefits until after you receive a job offer.
It’s also a good idea to role-play the interview with a friend.
You will not get a second chance to make a first impression, make the first one count!
Your appearance, your attitude, your body language are crucial in how you present yourself in the interview.
Smile and extend your hand to shake hands with the interviewer when you meet.
Sit straight with your feet flat on the floor, leaning slightly forward to show interest.
Interviewers will expect you to look them in the eye with confidence.
Make eye contact.
Watch the interviewer's body language and expressions for feedback on how you're doing.
Listen closely to the questions so you can answer them accurately.
Be direct. Don't ramble or go off topic.
Take time to think before you respond.
Give all your attention to the interview and the interviewer—this tells the interviewer you are focused on your commitments.
Most people are nervous before an interview.
YOU can choose to be confident and positive even though you might be nervous.
An interview is a meeting where both parties are meeting to exchange information.
The employer wants to find out if you can do the job and if you will be a suitable fit for the position.
YOU want to find out if you can contribute your skills and knowledge to the position as well as if you can learn and grow from the internship.
Thank your interviewer for his or her time and consideration.
Use this opportunity to stress your best qualities, reiterate why you’d like the position.
Be sure to use correct grammar and avoid informal language.
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