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Before the Interview

Research the Company

Be sure to research information about the company you are interviewing with.  Understand the company culture, values, and mission. Know information about recent events in the industry.

Review the job description and your Resume

Be knowledgeable about the position you are interviewing for and the skills that the employer is looking for.  Think about how the combination of your work experience, personal qualities, and academic or co-curricular activities make you uniquely qualified for the position. Identify your skills and connect them to the position requirements.

know what to expect

Be informed on the organization's interview process. Who is conducting the interview? Is it a manager, recruiter, or another employee?  How many people will be present at the interview? Will there be multiple interviews within the same day?  Talk to any friends or connections that work with the company- they may be able to share valuable insight with you. Glassdoor can also be used to find information.

Be sure to know what type of interview to expect. Some companies conduct general and behavioral interviews for the first round of interviews, while others may require technical questions in the first interview. Ask the representative, so you are prepared.

Phone or Skype Interview Guide

Practice Your interview skills

Once you know the type of interview to expect, you will want to practice how you will answer common questions.  You can do this by writing your answers down, practicing with friends or family, or meeting with a career coach.

Elevator Pitch Template

Interview Checklist

A Few Days Before the Interview:

  1. Have you researched the organization, position, and industry?
  2. Have you thought about your goals, values, and skills; and how they match the opportunity?
  3. Have you made sure your online image on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is appropriate and professional?
  4. Do you know the name and title of the interviewer or who to check in with?
  5. Have you prepared an appropriate interview outfit? Professional Dress Guide
  6. Have you identified the time and place of the interview and the best method to get there? Keep in mind traffic!
  7. Have you practiced answering common interview questions?

Night Before the Interview:

  1. Read through your notes, resume, cover letter, job description, company or industry summaries one last time.
  2. Know the route you will take to the location and how much travel time you will need.  Give yourself extra time.
  3. Examine your clothing for stains and wrinkles. Look for scuffs on your shoes.
  4. Gather supplies for your interview: copies of your resume, a notepad or portfolio, pens, list of references

You are ready! Get a good night's sleep so that you're at your best for the interview!


Need a quiet room for an upcoming phone or webcam interview?  The Texas Recruitment + Interview Services (TRIS) offers private interview rooms for students to reserve!