Anyone who has met—and hired—a Fordham student will testify to their ambition, intelligence, skills, and diverse experiences. But we’ve discovered that students themselves sometimes lack the awareness and the vocabulary to communicate how their previous successes in the classroom, at internships, and through volunteerism will translate to excellence in the workplace.
Meet with a career counselor to learn how to prepare an interview that reflects your skills.
Before the Interview
- Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- Think about what to highlight and what you want to be sure to talk about.
- Research, research, research! This means the company, the people, and the industry.
- Practice out loud.
You can meet with a career counselor, and practice with a friend or in front of a mirror.
During the Interview
- Show up early. But not too early. Fifteen minutes is a good window. Remember everyone you meet could be evaluating you, so be professional the second you walk in the door.
- Dress for Success!
- Be aware of your body language. Practice your handshake! Smile. Act confident, and try not to fidget.
- Ask questions. Every interview should end with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. It’s a trick! Your answer should always be yes, and make sure they are relevant and detailed.
After the Interview
- Send a thank you email. Send it within 24 hours! Keep it super brief, and use it as an opportunity to address any unanswered questions or concerns that arose during the interview. Reiterate your interest in the position.
- Follow up after a week. If you don’t hear back after a week, you can send a follow-up email to check in and reinstate your interest in the position.
Remember, the interview is also an opportunity for you to make sure the company is a right fit for you too. You should feel confident that you have interviewed them as well. ALWAYS have relevant questions prepared … and ask away!