The interview is a chance for applicants and employers to mutually evaluate the fit between the applicant’s qualifications and the position being considered.

Do your research on the position, on your qualifications and on the company.

Preparing for the interview is critical for your success. You should be able to discuss why your experiences, education, and skills make you qualified. Identify the key job responsibilities individually and then outline all of your relevant qualifications. This will ensure that you have enough talking points during the interview. You also want to discuss what you know about the company and why you are the best person for the job.

Enter the interview prepared, polished, and confident. Review our interview preparation tips belows for additional guidance.

Choosing what to wear to an interview can be as stress-inducing as the actual interview. It is better to go more conservative than too trendy. Pick an outfit that you feel confident in, showcases your personality, but is also appropriate for the interview.

You only have a few minutes to sell yourself to a prospective employer–how do you do it? Hit them with your elevator pitch.

Develop a list of (at least three to five) questions to ask during your interview. Research the company and position in detail and determine anything that you might wish to have clarified. Do NOT ask anything that can be found on their website and do NOT bring up salary or benefits.

  • How would I be trained or introduced to the job?
  • How is employee performance evaluated?
  • What career paths have others generally followed after completing the program?
  • As an intern, what kind of projects will I receive?
  • What characteristics best describe individuals who are successful in this position?
  • Where could a person advance who is successful in this position? Within what time frame?
  • In what ways has this organization been most successful over the past several years?
  • What do you consider to be the organization’s weakness as compared to its competition?
  • How is this position important to the organization?
  • How would you describe the culture of your organization?
  • What is your management style?
  • What are you most proud of within your organization?
  • What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  • What are the department’s short term and long term goals?
  • If I work hard and prove my value to the company, where might I find myself in five years?
  • What professional development opportunities are available for employees at this company?
  • What are the key business reasons driving the need for this position?
  • What were the best things about the last person who held this position (or why was this position created?)
  • Describe the three top challenges that I might face in this job.
  • What has to happen for you to know you’ve hired the best person?
  • What are the key deliverables and outcomes that this position must achieve?
  • What would you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 days if hired for this position?
  • Describe the top three initiatives for your company/department and how this position links to these initiatives.
  • What are a few things that really drive results for the company?
  • What are ways in which I can contribute to the company beyond the job description?
  • What are the key metrics for measuring success in this position?
  • How can I best help you and your team succeed?
  • When should I expect to hear from you?

Always write personalized thank-you notes within 24 hours to each person if possible. Email or handwritten are acceptable – it depends on how quickly a decision will be made.

Ms. Joanna Jones 
Senior Recruiter
ABC Company
123 Main Street
Westfield, MA 01085

Today’s Date

Dear Dr. Recruiter:

I enjoyed learning more about the Consumer Product Department’s annual goals and how the marketing team can make an impact. I am confident that my coursework along with my summer internship experience with XYZ, Inc., will allow me to successfully meet the objectives of this position.  

I am excited to continue moving forward in the process and I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Thank you again for your time and consideration.


Shauna Sharp

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Shows gratitude and makes specific reference to the job.

Paragraph 2:

References your overall fit and stresses key points working in your favor. When writing to more than one interviewer, you may want to note a question asked by the interviewer or thank them for a specific kindness that was extended.

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Reiterates interest in the position, restates gratitude, and closes on a positive note.

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