Congratulations! You have a job interview. Your résumé and cover letter caught an employer’s eye by illustrating your relevant experiences and skills. The interview process is designed to evaluate in greater detail whether your experience, skills and personality match the needs of your potential employer. The interview is an exchange: the employer is evaluating you, and you should be assessing the employer. Making the most of an interview requires research and preparation beforehand; a strategy during the interview; and appropriate follow-up after the interview.
This interviewing guide will provide you with more information on what to expect in different types of interviews and how to prepare.
One of the best ways to prepare for your interviews is to practice, practice, practice! This cannot be stressed enough. Since mock interviews do take up a considerable amount of time when properly executed, we recommend you meet with a Career Adviser.
One-on-One with a Career Adviser
- At any time during the year, you can request to meet with a career adviser for a 30 minute mock interview by scheduling an appointment through Trinity CareerLink. Please send an updated résumé and information about the job or industry you are practicing for so that the adviser can prepare specific and tailored questions for your mock interview. All students must prepare in advance for their mock interviews to make the most of their 30-minute appointment. This includes, but is not limited to, researching the company for which you are interviewing for, understanding the job description of the position you applied for and practicing basic interview questions.
Thank you notes
should send a thank you to all people
who support your job or internship search– that means (1) employers and
recruiters who interview you; (2) alumni/ae or personal contacts who provide
advice to you; (3) any person who serves as a reference for you, (4) professors
who have supported you in the application process.
you were interviewed by more than one person for a job or internship, you
should write individual (and different) notes to each person. By writing unique letters to each
interviewer, you have the opportunity to reference specific discussions or
points brought up in each interview. If
you did not obtain each person’s business card during the interview, contact
the employer’s administrative assistant to verify the spelling and titles of
individuals you met with.
- Thank you letters should
be emailed within 24 hours of the meeting.
In order for a thank you letter to have an effect, it must be received
before a hiring decision is made. So the
sooner you send it, the better!
- Check out our guide to writing thank you notes here.