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How to Prepare for Interviews

February 4, 2013

By Jordan Keller, Senior Chemical Engineering student

Picture of Jordan Keller with a longhorn tattoo on her face, smiling, doing a hook 'emInterviews can be very nerve-wracking but also very fun!  The key to calming your nerves during an interview is preparation. Once you are prepared, there is really nothing else to worry about it.  My philosophy is to just be myself, and they will either like me or they won’t – it’s out of my control.

As far as preparation goes, I typically try to do a fair amount of research about the company and about the position.  Going to info sessions is a great way to get all of this information and hear the employees’ perspectives on working for the company.

It is very important to have a good idea of what the company does as well as what the position entails before going in to interview – you want to seem interested and educated!

I also think it is important to have a few good questions that you are ready to ask at the end of the interview.  Find out what you are looking for in a company and what is important to you and tailor your questions around that.  For instance, I always ask recruiters about the diversity of the work environment, if there is room for personal career growth, and about outreach opportunities with the company.  The more experience you have, the more you will discover what it is that you want in a job/company.

Finally, it is important to remember to just be yourself! Be professional, but don’t try too hard and don’t be too uptight.  A good way to answer questions is by using the STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, and Result.  Recruiters are looking for what you did to handle certain situations and what the outcome of your actions was.  This gives them a good idea of how you will handle things should you work for them.  Don’t forget to write a thank you email to the recruiter within 24 hours of interviewing!

I hope this advice is helpful! Good luck with interview season!

Jordan Keller (Senior Chemical Engineering student) shares her experience with interviewing for internships and full-time jobs.