Interviewing

What is Interviewing?

Think about interviewing in terms of a conversation. This conversation is designed to determine the fit between the employer and the prospective employee.

Research

  • Visit the employer's website
    • What does the company or organization do? Do they sell something? Provide a service? How many employees do they have? Who are their competitors? Where are they located? What is the company’s history? Read the company’s mission statement or vision.
  • Use other online resources
    • Google the company to see if you can find any articles. Various periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The New York Times can provide content about the organization. Sites like OneSource, Vault’s Career Insider, LinkedIn and Glassdoor can also be a wealth of information.
  • Review the job description
    • Gather as much information about the position as you can before the interview. Ask for the key duties to be explained during the interview. The job description can provide context for questions that may be asked or follow-up questions you could ask.

Prepare

  • Dress Appropriately
    • Unless an employer tells you specifically to dress casually, you should plan to wear business attire. If you are interviewing or dining in another country or with citizens from another country, you should familiarize yourself with the business customs and etiquette standards applicable to that country.
  • Anticipate Questions
    • There are questions you should always be ready to answer, regardless of industry. Such as:
      • Tell me about yourself.
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      • Why are you interested in working here?
    • Also anticipate questions specific to the industry or field for which you are interviewing. 
  • Practice
    • Schedule a Mock Interview (see information below).
    • The interview prep module of Optimal Resume makes it easy to refine your interviewing skills from the comfort of your own room or apartment. You control all aspects of the interview practice session, including the interview type, the number of questions, your response format and the interviewer.
  • Develop Questions for the Employer
    • Bring a padfolio with prepared questions and take notes during the interview. Some sample questions include:
      • What qualities are you looking for in a new hire?
      • What do you like best about the company?
      • What does a typical day look like?
      • Can you describe the working environment?
      • What is the timeline for making a hiring decision?

Tell Your Story

  • What do your experiences say about you?
  • How can you concisely and positively explain your academic background and other experiences?
  • Look at work experience, volunteer experience, research experience, campus activities and leadership, honors and awards, conferences attended, class projects, presentations and publications.
  • Prepare specific stories that communicate what is unique about you.

Follow Up

  • Self-evaluate your performance and identify ways to improve your next interview.
  • Every person you met during your interview should receive a personalized 'thank you.'
  • If you have not heard anything within the employer's timeline, follow up to reiterate your interest and ask how the selection process is going.

On-Campus Interviewing

To participate in On-campus Interviewing (OCI):

  • Attend the Basic Interviewing workshop
  • Complete/review your Handshake profile
  • Upload your resume(s) to Handshake. Teacher Candidates need only attend a Basic Interviewing Skills if you intend to interview on-campus for non-teaching positions
  • NOTE: please refer to the On-campus Interviewing No Show/Late Cancellation Policy below
  • Search for internship/job opportunities on Handshake.

Interview No Show/Late Cancellation Policy

This policy applies to all On-Campus Interviews, daily Mock Interviews and Mock Interview events.

How To Cancel An Interview

If you scheduled your interview through Handshake, you must cancel through Handshake no later than 11:59 p.m. two business days prior to the interview to avoid penalty. The following table indicates cancellation deadlines:

  • Day of Interview is Monday, please cancel by midnight on preceding Thursday
  • Day of Interview is Tuesday, please cancel by midnight on preceding Friday
  • Day of Interview is Wednesday, please cancel by midnight on preceding Monday
  • Day of Interview is Thursday, please cancel by midnight on preceding Tuesday
  • Day of Interview is Friday, please cancel by midnight on preceding Wednesday
After The Deadline Has Passed

If the deadline has passed or if the interview was scheduled by means other than Handshake, call the Center for Career Exploration & Success (CCES) at (513) 529-3831 during regular business hours prior to the interview. If you miss an interview, you should always follow up with the appropriate person.

No Show/Late Cancellation Penalties

A missed interview due to a no show or a late cancellation reflect poorly on you, the Career Center, and Miami. It also wastes of a valuable interview slot for both the recruiter and for another student who would have liked an interview but could not get on the schedule.

The following penalties will be imposed in the event you cancel an interview late or no show:

Late Cancellations During an Academic Year
  • 1st Offense: No penalty is assessed but your Handshake account is noted.
  • 2nd Offense: Your account is blocked from participating in the interviewing process until a signed, formal typewritten letter of apology to the employer or interviewer (in an addressed, stamped and unsealed envelope) is delivered to the front desk of the Career Center, located in the Armstrong Student Center. This must be completed within 30 days or your account is disabled for the duration of the academic year.
  • 3rd Offense: Your account is permanently disabled and you will not have access to any Handshake features for the duration of the academic year. A meeting with the Assistant Vice President of CCES, or designee, is required.
No Shows During an Academic Year
  • 1st Offense: Your account is blocked from participating in the interviewing process until a signed, typewritten letter of apology to the employer or interviewer (in an addressed, stamped and unsealed envelope) is delivered to the front desk of the Career Center, located in the Armstrong Student Center. This must be completed within 30 days or your account is disabled for the duration of the academic year.
  • 2nd Offense: Your account is permanently disabled and you will not have access to any Handshake features for the duration of the academic year. A meeting with the Assistant Vice President of CCES, or designee, is required.
Special Provision for Accountancy Students

The No Show/Late Cancellation Policy also applies to specific on-campus accountancy events, such as case competitions and leadership programs, for which students are pre-selected and/or which are limited to a specific number of students. This policy will be communicated to students during the initial kick-off meetings for applicable events.

Regarding leadership programs: if you accept an invitation to a leadership program but later determine that you are unable to attend, you must communicate this change to employers at least 30 days in advance of the leadership program. Employers will work with the Accountancy Department and FSB Careers to enforce the policy.

The Career Center retains the right to revise this policy at any time, for any reason. Policy revisions will be posted on the CCES website as soon as possible.