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INTERVIEWING ADVICE

One recruiter's advice:

Well before the interview, do an "inventory of your successes."

Write them down. And have stories and examples you can draw on to elaborate on the successes. The goal is to have a menu of successes you can draw from during an interview, depending on which strengths and characteristics you want to emphasize.

Come up with a "30-second commercial" that includes:

  • Who I am?
  • What I want to do?
  • What I can bring to the table?

When describing your examples and stories, use the CAR structure:

  • Circumstances: here's the situation/problem
  • Action: here's what I did and why
  • Result: here's how it turned out

It's best to try to turn the interview into a conversation, not just a linear Question & Answer format. Two suggestions on how to do this:

  • Your examples/stories should engage the interviewer so that they'll ask to hear more about what you did.
  • Break the ice by showing interest in them. ("How is it going today?" If they're an alumnus/alumna: "When did you graduate from BC?")

Always take notes during the interview.

It shows that you're interested and listening and puts you more in control. It also lets you refer back when asking questions later. Ask early in the interview, "Do you mind if I take notes?"

You are always being interviewed and you are always networking.

In other words, any interactions on your internship, or on the phone with a receptionist, or even with a professor or advisor can potentially be a chance to put your best (or worst!) foot forward.

Try to match the interviewer's energy level.

People like to hire others like themselves.

Remember that the employer is looking for reasons to hire you.

You walk in with an A and it's up to you whether you keep that A or sink lower.

Take a few seconds to think about a difficult question before responding.

Responding quickly may convey that you're impulsive and don't take time to think about your decisions.

You want to lose your anxiety and become engaging with the employer.

This also shows that you would be customer-oriented and able to be comfortable with people of varying status.

Don't make up answers to questions you don't know.

They will fear you will do the same thing in the work place.

Understand the significance of language abilities and travel experiences.

If you can master one thing they will see you capable of mastering their information as well.

The interview is constantly happening.

Always act as if someone is watching you.

Check the room for clues.

Family pictures, sports stuff, etc. can provide "ice-breakers" to help make conversation.

Enthusiasm is vital!

Demonstrate your interest in the job and in the company.

Boston College


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Behavioural Interviews

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Types of Interviews

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Sample Questions

Behavioural Interview Questions    Traditional Interview Questions    Case Interview Questions
Education    Previous Jobs    Company / Job    Questions determining your Competence
Questions on Wages / Salaries    Personal Characteristics    Your Community Involvement

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Questions You Can Ask

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Questions Not to Ask


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5 employer concerns

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Before the interview
    
Commonly asked questions in a traditional interview
    Commonly asked questions in a behavioural interview
    Questions to Ask
    Questions Not to Ask
    References
    Dress for the Interview
    Anxiety

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Researching before your interview

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During the interview

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After the interview
     Thank You Letters

Interviews