Interview Tips

We want hiring managers to see beyond your resume, so we rounded up some talking tips to keep in mind once you enter the interview.

  • Be able to speak about everything on your resume. We mean everything. That little bullet point highlighting your experience at Job X five years ago? Can you explain it in depth? Practice!
  • Have questions prepared. Show the hiring manager you’re interested by asking relevant questions about the company, expectations, and culture. (See the “Questions for the Interviewer section for examples).
  • Be confident. You know your stuff! Be confident when speaking about your past experiences and technical knowledge. Avoid filler words such as “um” and “like” by taking a pause to gather your thoughts before speaking.

Write down these easy-to-remember questions to ask the interviewer. Asking questions shows you are engaged and interested in the company and the open position.

  • About the position:
    • What does a typical day look like?
    • What skills are you missing from the team that you’re looking to fill with this position?
    • How do you measure employee success?
  • About the company:
    • What’s the company culture like?
    • Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
    • What do you love most about working here?

Dressing appropriately for an interview is essential. But what does interview attire actually mean? A good way to find out is to visit the company website or social media profiles to see if there are any pictures of employees. What are they wearing? Try your best to emulate their style.

  • Business Casual
    • Ladies: Dress pants or khakis with a button-down shirt or blouse, knit sweater, or blazer are appropriate. Dressing up your outfit with classic jewelry and conservative heels is also an option.
    • Men: Slacks or khakis with a collared shirt (patterns are okay!) and leather shoes or loafers. Ties are generally considered optional for business casual dress.
  • Business Professional
    • Ladies: Wear a business suit or dress with heels and conservative jewelry. Dress pants with a nice blouse are also appropriate.
    • Men: A suit and tie paired with a solid color dress shirt. Nice slacks with a sports jacket and tie are also appropriate.
    • Both: stick to neutral colors and conservative, clean looking hairstyles.

Researching the company you’re interviewing with provides vital information to help you make sure it’s the right fit and lets the interviewer know you’re committed to this company especially. Here’s what to look for:

  • Mission statement and core values. Is the mission something you can support? What skills do you have to help the company carry out its mission? Do the core values align with your own beliefs? Ask yourself these questions and highlight how you can contribute during the interview.
  • Recent news or accomplishments. Try to find a recent development or accomplishment related to the company or the team you’ll be working with. Mentioning it to your interviewer will create a positive bond and show you’re interested in what’s going on at the company.
  • Information on the interviewer(s). Knowing who the interviewer is allows you to engage them with more in-depth conversation about their role with the company. Creating good conversation with your interviewer is important, and knowing who they are gives you an opportunity to get that dialogue started!

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