An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015. An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015.

Interviewing

You have perfected your cover letter and resume and the employer requested an interview. Now what should you do to prepare?

Optimal Interview Prep

Use Optimal Interview Prep and Center for Career Exploration & Success' Mock Interview program to maximize the effectiveness of your intern and job interviews.

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.

There are four ways to record your interview responses:

  • spoken (microphone required) and video recorded (webcam required);
  • spoken only (microphone required);
  • written;
  • and no response.

Research

It is very important that you research companies or nonprofit organizations before the actual interview. Employers expect that you will be familiar with their:

  • mission
  • values
  • strategy
  • overall performance
  • marketplace trends

When interviewing, you should ask related questions. The following links can help you complete this research and receive up-to-date information about an employer’s respective markets:

Dress and Etiquette

It is also important you dress appropriately for interviews. Unless an employer tells you specifically to dress casually, you should plan to wear business attire. The Center for Career Exploration & Success’ Pinterest boards illustrate proper dress for both men and women as well as dining and other etiquette standards. 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.

Interview Questions

You need to prepare for, and anticipate, interview questions prior to the actual interview. For example, the CAR method helps frame responses to behavioral-based interview questions. Review the links below for general, as well as major/career specific, interview questions:

  • Sample Interview Questions
  • Competency-based Questions
  • Major/Career Specific Questions
  • Questions for Education Majors
  • Questions for Creative Arts Majors
  • Questions to Ask Employers
  • Case Interview Guides (Vault's Career Insider provides two case interview guides. Click on the "Guides" tab on the home page and then click on "Interviewing Guides" on the left hand side of the page to find the guides for consulting interviews. Student ID and password are required.)
  • Case Questions — A leading source of case question materials. Such questions are typically presented to candidates during interviews with consulting firms. The self-study materials must be purchased through CaseQuestions.com. Case study interviews are also available through the Center for Career Exploration & Success’ Mock Interview Service by using Handshake.
  • Consulting Case 101-Case Studies — An extensive directory of links to case studies and solutions organized by type, industry and consulting firm. The directory is sponsored by Consulting Case 101, which is maintained by a group of MBA, PhD and undergraduate students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University interested in careers in the field of consulting. 
  • Consulting Case 101-Firms — A directory of links to national and international consulting firms, most with career sites of their own, sponsored by Consulting Case 101, which is maintained by a group of MBA, PhD and undergraduate students at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University interested in careers in the field of consulting.

CareerChat Podcast Episode

CareerChat is a podcast produced by the Center for Career Exploration & Success offering career-related information. The Successful Interviewing episode has a number of helpful tips to transform that good interview into a great interview.

On-Campus Interviewing

To participate in on-campus recruiting (OCR), you must:

For currently available job and internships, login to Miami CAREERlink and search with your criteria for openings that are of interest to you.

After The Interview

It is important for you to assess an offer, and then decide whether to negotiate the terms of the offer, and finally accept or decline the offer. The following information brief can help you in this process.

Post-Interview Correspondence