Interviews

Interviews can be intimidating, but with a little preparation you can face even the toughest interview with confidence. Explore the articles on this page to learn how to set up interviews, more about the interview process, and how you can turn an interview into a job offer.

On-Campus Interviews

Through the ECAC System, you may apply for campus interviews and submit your resume for job postings.  In order to access the ECAC System, you are required to come by the ECAC Office and register.

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Interview tips

Congratulations! You got the interview. The idea of an interview can be intimidating, especially if you are new to the process. The right preparation and practice will help you do your best in the interview. Here are some essential rules to follow and a checklist to make sure you are on track for interview success.

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Sample Interview Questions

One of the best ways to prepare for your interview is to practice answering questions. Review the sample questions here and prepare your response. Have a friend or family member ask you the questions so you can practice answering them aloud. Think of specific examples. Get used to hearing yourself talk about these subjects. With practice, you will be more at ease and perform better during the interview.

Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer, too. Remember, this is your opportunity to learn about the organization and the position, so make the most of it. We've also provided sample questions to ask employers.

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Behavioral Interviews

A behavioral interview is one in which the interviewer relies on observation to judge the skills and qualifications of the candidate. This observation includes having the candidate relate facts and experiences, as opposed to broad concepts and hypothetical situations, which the interviewer can probe to identify specific actions or behaviors. Reviewing these questions will help you prepare for such an interview.

 

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Technical Interviews

Technical interviews are less about personal goals and past experiences and more about what you know. Some employers use technical interviews to test the problem-solving and communication skills of candidates. Before going into a technical interview, consider three factors: environment, preparation, and mechanics.

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Site Visits

Students may be asked to interview at the employer's facilities, usually as a second interview after a campus or phone interview. This site visit is an important opportunity for the student and the employer to see how well the student  fits into the organization.

Review these common questions to prepare for a successful site visit.

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Dress for Success

How you dress and act at an interview matters. Though some employers have relaxed internal dress codes, interviews follow the conservative standard in making a good first impression. Interview clothes should be neat, clean and pressed.

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No Show Interview Policy

ECAC has an interview policy, similar to policies at other career centers, which is designed to protect the integrity of the Cockrell School of Engineering, ECAC, and UT engineering students.

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Employer Research Guide

Research is an integral part of any job search and well worth your time and effort. Your initial research into employers will help define your job market and identify opportunities. Later, more in-depth employer research will teach you core values and mission statements, prepare you for interviews, and facilitate your decision-making process in evaluating a position.

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Employer Expectations

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identified the top ten characteristics that employers look for in potential employees. Review these characteristics and plan how you will communicate to employers that you possess the traits they seek.

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Thank You Letters

Writing a thank you letter establishes goodwill, expresses enthusiasm, and illustrates communication skills. Sending a thank you letter will set you apart from applicants with similar qualifications who have not written a thank you letter. It also gives you an additional opportunity to accomplish the following:

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Email Correspondence

One of the most frequently used means of communication in the job search is e-mail, and its advantages are many. Delivery of an e-mail is prompt and assured (as long as you have the individual's correct e-mail address). Another positive is that e-mail is less intrusive than a phone call; the recipient can read the message at his or her leisure. Often, e-mail will be an employer's preferred method of communication. Following are some important suggestions and rules to remember when composing job search related e-mails.

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