Career Development Center

Prepare for Job Interviews

There is no secret to a successful job interview. You need to prepare and practice. Unfortunately, few people take the necessary time to do either.

To be successful you need to know yourself – your knowledge, skills and abilities. You also need to your interests and values – the kind of work you want to do, and the type of employer you want to work for. Once you know these, you’ll be more likely to find a job and an employer that is a good fit. But your preparation doesn’t end there. You must then research the specific position you want, and the employer you plan to apply to, and then practice by participating in mock interviews to truly perform well in a job interview.

If you haven’t taken the time to evaluate your own interests, skills and values, we recommend you contact the Career Development Center to arrange to take an interest, skills, or values assessment. If you feel pretty confident you know your capabilities and the type of job you want, we still recommend contacting the Career Development Center to arrange for practice, or mock interviews.

The following articles and reference guides are provided to help you to prepare yourself for a more successful interview experience.