Interviewing is a skill, and with preparation and practice you can get through even the toughest interview questions. Many applicants don’t realize how critical preparation is – please don’t expect to walk in and “wing it” successfully. Preparation and practice is the key to developing the skills to make the most of any interview situation.


Yes, that’s a bit melodramatic, but so many individuals just starting to job hunt unintentionally make mistakes that destroy their chances for a successful interview, we wanted to catch your attention! So we’ve rounded up the most important things to avoid when interviewing first, just in case any of them might be sabotaging your best efforts.

11 Tips for Interviewing Success:

  1. Practice, practice, practice.
  2. Learn from each and every interview experience.
  3. Ask yourself, "What did I do well?" and "What can I improve on for next time?"
  4. Keep a record of the interview questions you get asked to use for practice for future interviews.
  5. Start and keep an interviewing file of practice questions, your answers, and tips you learn along the way.
  6. Use this file to also track interview history — including the names, titles, and contact information of the people who interviewed you, because they can be a valuable networking resource.
  7. Identify your top 3-5 personal attributes that make you valuable to an employer.
  8. Research companies and positions before you interview to be knowledgeable about who you are interviewing with and how you fit the position.
  9. Be prepared, dress professionally, and make a positive lasting impression.
  10. Always have questions prepared to ask the employer at the interview.
  11. Follow-up with a professional thank you email or hand-written note.

For detailed information on how to interview like a pro, review the “Interviewing Strategies That Work!” Career Workshops. Learn how to prepare for an interview and develop answers to common interview questions to boost your confidence.

Also, check out these resources from the SJSU Career Center:
Types of Interviews
Preparing for the Interview
STAR Method of Behavioral Questions
Interview Format
Professional Etiquette


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