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University of South Florida

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Stetson University College of Law

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The University of Tampa

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Dr. Kenneth Atwater

Hillsborough Community College

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Saint Leo University

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Interview Resources

Contrary to popular belief, the goal of a resume and cover letter is not to get you a job. Rather, the resume and cover letter should get you to the next step in the job or internship application process: the interview. Below are some tips and resources you can use to ace your next interview, getting you one step closer to the job or internship of your dreams.

Interview Tips:

  • Perform a “Social Sweep” before the interview: Many employers will look at candidates’ social media sites. Before applying to any job, rid your social networks of anything that would be less than impressive to potential employers. Try to view your social media presence from an outsider's perspective. Could anything be misinterpreted if taken out of context? Deemed inappropriate or irresponsible? Get rid of it.

  • Do your research: Knowing about a company’s inner workings will allow you to keep up with the interviewer and their explanation of the company. It will also allow you to ask questions from a knowledgeable perspective. Google the company, review their website, check out their staff pages, find out current news about them: make yourself an expert.

  • Practice interviewing: Before you go to an interview, practice answering potential questions that an employer may ask you. Not only will you feel more prepared, but it will afford you the opportunity to think of specific examples you could use in the interview. You can do this by answering potential interview questions on your own, or asking a friend to help you prepare. 

  • Dress to impress: Make sure your attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the occasion. Try wearing a small statement piece, such as a pin or bracelet. It can act as a conversation starter and build rapport with your interviewer. Above all, dress professionally, so your interviewer can imagine you as a part of their professional organization. It is better to be a little overdressed for an interview than underdressed, and risk appearing unprofessional.  

  • Arrive on time (or early!): Timeliness is imperative when maintaining a professional position. Arriving late to your interview sets a precedent that, if hired, that behavior would continue in the future. If you don’t know exactly where you are interviewing, take a trip there the day before to make sure you know how long it will take you to get and the best route to take. It is much better to arrive a little early to an interview than late, which could cost you the job. 

  • Body language is key: Eye contact, leaning in, nodding your head, and smiling: All these things let employers know that you are listening, engaged in the conversation, and happy to be there. On the other hand, crossed arms in front of you, a frown on your face, leaning back in your chair, and avoiding eye contact communicate that you would rather be elsewhere and aren't interested in the task at hand. Which one makes you seem like someone a potential boss would like to hire, or a potential colleague would like to work with?  

  • Bring a "Fact Sheet": Sometimes if an interview goes well an interviewer will ask for references. Bring a fact sheet with you to an interview with telephone numbers and addresses of your references and former employers, just in case you are asked to complete an additional application after an interview. 

  • Be concise, be honest, and be yourself: remember, the purpose of an interview is for a potential employer to get to know the person behind the resume and cover letter. Answer questions honestly, and be sure to let your personality shine through. Your interviewer is trying to decide whether you would be a good fit for their organization. And remember to be concise. Respect the fact that your interviewer is busy and honor their time by answering the questions thoroughly but not rambling on for too long. Remember: time is money.

  • Ask questions: oftentimes at the conclusion of an interview the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. This is an opportunity to not only find out more information about the job or the organization, but also do demonstrate that you've done your homework and know something about the position or the company. For example, if the job description includes overseeing a particular program at the organization, ask for more details about that program. You should always be prepared with at least two or three questions to ask an interviewer at the conclusion of an interview (see resources below). 

  • Send a thank you note your interviewer(s): this one little thing is a HUGE deal. Sending a thank you note shows that you can and will follow-up, that you are respectful, polite, and mindful of people's time.

Interview Resources: