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Interview Strategies

Ace your interview – land the job – launch your career

It’s true that successful interview preparation can be the key to achieving the career of your dreams. It's likely you’ll face tough competition for the best jobs, so you want go into every interview prepared to stand out from the crowd.

Use the following information to increase your interview knowledge and check out the many resources and programs offered by Career Services to improve your interview skills.

Before the interview

  • Research the employer, position and salary range
  • Prepare your wardrobe

During the interview

  • Make a positive first impression
  • Know strategies for different types of interviews
  • Answer questions effectively
  • Become a STAR interviewer
  • Ask memorable questions
  • Close the interview

After the interview

Send a thank you note

Practice your interview skills

Resources and programs to improve your skills

Top skills employers seek

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook survey, employers seek these top skills in recent college graduates. Use this list to prepare STAR stories for these commonly sought-after skills.

  • Communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork skills
  • Initiative
  • Analytical skills
  • Computer skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Technical skills


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