Interview Preparation

Know the Organization

Researching an organization is key to a successful interview. The goal is to learn as much as possible about the organization, its philosophies, products, reputation, goals and plans. Your interest in and awareness of the organization will most likely influence an employer's interest in you.

Once you learn about the company or agency, you will have a good sense of how you might fit in. You can use this information in the interview to your advantage. Are they quality-oriented? Then make them aware of your personal commitment to quality. Do they work with charitable organizations? Then tell them about your volunteer experiences with community organizations. Also, prepare to ask at least one specific question pertaining to the organization.


Know Yourself

Attend the interview fully knowing your own skills and strengths and be prepared to answer the question "Why should we hire you?" Practice your responses to questions about your strengths and abilities.


Things You Will Need To Bring

  • Several copies of your resume (or summary of your work experience with names and addresses of former employers, schools, etc.).
  • Samples of your work or awards you've received, if appropriate.
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of three personal and three professional references in case they are requested.
  • Social Security card, driver's license, union card, military records, etc.
  • A small tablet on which to make notes.