As the term winds down, round A co-op interviews are just getting started. Whether you’re returning to co-op or this is your first co-op or you’re graduating and looking for a real job, here are a few reminders of interview skills.
1. Know your resume. It seems obvious but perhaps you fudged about joining a club or two. If a potential employer asks about that club, have a description ready to go. Also, be able to point out what skills you learned from previous jobs and how that would help you at the job you’re interviewing for.
2. Know the position. At least know the title of the job you’re interviewing for. Try to also memorize the duties you’ll be performing. You can always ask for a more detailed explanation but show the employer that you know enough about the job to be interested.
3. Do your research. This also seems obvious but know your facts about the company. It will make the conversation between you and the employer go smoothly and it will allow for more dialogue about the position.
4. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential boss questions about the position or the company. It shows that you’ve done your research and that you’re interested in learning more about the job and corporation.
5. Bring a notebook. This is my personal tip for interviews. I have a small notebook where I write all my research and questions for the jobs I’m interviewing for. When I’m at the interview, I can reference my notes and write down the answers I receive as well as any other important information that’s revealed. It also shows that you’re organized, which is a valuable trait in a job.
If you are interested in brushing up on more interviewing skills, stop by the Steinbright Career Development Center or check out their website for drop in hours and events. Good luck fellow interviewees!