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A perfect resume will get you the interview, but not necessarily the job. Employers expect students to exercise professionalism at all times during an interview. Although Interviewing with a potential employer is an exciting experience, it is common to feel nervous prior to your interview date. The best way to reduce these feelings is to prepare well. Check out the following tips about maintaining professionalism and preparing well to ensure your interview process is smooth and successful.

Phone interviews

  • Prepare! Write down answers to commonly asked questions, such as your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have your resume and cover letter close by
  • Have something to takes notes with
  • Think about your environment. Find a quiet place free from distractions.
  • Smile and maintain professional body language throughout the phone interview. This will help you maintain a professional tone.
  • Speak clearly and annunciate your words


Skype interviews/online interviews via webcam

  • Practice before your interview and get comfortable with the technology!
    • Think about audio and video controls, where to look once the interview begins, and how you appear on webcam.
  • Think about your environment!
    • Dress professionally, just as you would for an in-person interview.
    • Find a quiet spot away from distractions with a reliable internet connection
    • Make sure the area within screenshot is clean and organized
  • Arrive early, just as you would in an in-person interview
    • Load all necessary programs
    • Double check internet connection
    • Gather all necessary materials and keep them close by (resume and cover letter, calendar, interviewer’s name, etc.)
  • Have a Plan B!
    • If the technology fails, have a backup plan. For example, keep your cell phone close by (on silent of course!) so that you can continue the interview over the phone.

In-person interviews

  • Prepare by researching the company, and try to know a little about your interviewers
  • Prepare by writing down answers to commonly asked interview questions and practice answering them
  • Dress appropriately for the job
  • Bring extra copies of your resume
  • Arrive early
  • Don’t speak poorly of previous employers
  • Maintain good posture at all times—your body language says a lot about how seriously you take the interview.
  • Turn your cell phone off, and store it somewhere out of sight
  • Try not to fidget or make distracting movements
  • Look the interviewer in the eye and speak confidently and clearly
  • Don’t eat or chew gum
  • Send a thank-you note to each person you had contact with during the interview