Prepare for an Interview

Interviewing for an internship and job can be overwhelming, but we are here to support you! Check out these top interviewing tips and resource below for more!

Top Interview Tips

1. Start by researching the company and your interviewers.

2. Practice your answers to common interview questions. Prepare your answer to the common question: “Tell me about yourself, and why are you interested in this role with our company?”

3. Reread the job description. You may want to print it out and begin underlining specific skills the employer is looking for. Think about examples from your past and current work that align with these requirements.

4. Use the STAR method in answering questions. Prepare to be asked about times in the past when you used a specific skill and use the STAR method to tell stories with a clear Situation, Task, Action and Result.

5. Recruit a friend to practice answering questions. Actually practicing your answers out loud is an incredibly effective way to prepare. Say them to yourself or ask a friend to help run through questions and answers. You’ll find you gain confidence as you get used to saying the words.

6. Prepare a list of references. Your interviewers might require you to submit a list of references before or after your interview.

7. Be prepared with examples of your work. During the interview, you will likely be asked about specific work you’ve completed in relation to the position. After reviewing the job description, think of work you’ve done in past jobs, clubs or volunteer positions that show you have experience and success doing the work they require.

8. Prepare smart questions for your interviewers. Interviews are a two-way street. Employers expect you to ask questions: they want to know that you’re thinking seriously about what it would be like to work there.

UCCS Interviewing Guide

Use this in depth interviewing guide to learn best practices before the interview, during the interview, after the interview, virtual interviews, and in person interviews.

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Glassdoor helps you do research on questions companies ask during interviews, salaries, and more. Check out more here!

Practice Interview Appointment

If you are in need of one-on-one help around interviewing, it might be time to schedule a career advising appointment. We can talk about interviewing strategies, do a real practice interview, or just help you get ready for that next big opportunity! (Guide Available)



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