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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Important Interview Rules

  • Research the employer before the interview. Spend time learning about the employer's lines of business, role in industry, history, and competitors. The number one complaint from recruiters is that students do not do this research before the interview.
  • Keep your answers brief and to the point. Listen carefully to the question, then limit your answer to two to three minutes. Provide more information if asked.
  • Give examples and quantify your successes. Whenever possible, offer specific examples and measurable data to illustrate your accomplishments.
  • Prepare stories that highlight your achievements. Recall the accomplishments of which you are most proud and practice talking about them. These can be work-related, academic, or personal. In fact, including some of each is best.
  • Think of the interview as a conversation. Although more formal than our day-to-day conversations, an interview is still a dialogue.
  • Prepare questions to ask the employer. Asking questions shows initiative and conveys your interest in the opportunity at hand. Have a number of questions in mind in case some of them are answered during the course of the interview.
  • Be prepared for more than one interviewer. In the event that there are two or more interviewers, do not be intimidated. When asked a question, direct your answer primarily toward the individual who asked it, but make periodic eye contact with other interviewers to keep them engaged.


Know yourself and your preferences:

  1. Can you clearly state your career goals?
  2. Why did you choose your major?
  3. Describe your greatest strength.
  4. Describe your greatest weakness.
  5. Can you talk about your team and leadership experience?
  6. Name work activities you do well and enjoy.
  7. How about non-work activities?
  8. Can you list at least five job skills and abilities you possess?
  9. For each of your most important job-related experiences, list several contributions you made.
  10. Have you clearly defined your geographical preferences?
  11. Do you know your resume?

Know your potential employers:

  1. Name at least five kinds of employers that might hire a person with your background.
  2. Name at least five position titles that might fit your background.
  3. Can you name five employers to which you have applied in the past month?
  4. In the past month, have you talked to at least three people employed in your field of interest to learn more about what they do?

ECAC On-campus Interviews

On-campus interviews are held in ECJ 2.358, unless otherwise advised by the recruiter or ECAC staff. Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your interview time, and take a seat in the waiting area. The recruiter will call you by name when ready.