Congrats! You got the interview, now hereís what to do
Fellowships and research proposals may require a written proposal
- Familiarize yourself with the details of the position youíre applying for.
- Make sure that you are up-to-date on current events and issues.
- Think of questions that the interviewing panel may ask about you, your future goals, and how your values reflect the organizationís own philosophy.
- Identify your weaknesses and strengths. Turn weaknesses into attributes that can be beneficial in the position, like being overly detail-oriented.
- Set up mock interviews. Use Interview Stream, which can be found by logging into Symplicity on the Career Center website. A program designed for mock interviews, it will help you practice and improve your interviewing skills.
- On the day of the interview, arrive early. To calm your nerves, walk around outside. Donít busy your mind with facts and statements youíve prepared; now is the time to clear your mind.
- Wear professional attire, like a suit and tie for men, and a skirt and jacket for women. Be conservative with makeup and jewelry. Do not wear anything distracting, like overwhelming patterns or lip piercings. Do not wear cologne.
Make an impression.
- Make eye contact and shake hands with the members of the interview panel.
- Speak clearly and confidently, but not arrogantly. Show that you are intelligent, but that you have more to learn.
- Show your individuality and be yourself! You want to stand out from the other candidates.
- If a question is confusing, do not be afraid to ask the interviewer to restate it. It is better than just guessing or saying that you do not know.
- Walk tall and sit up straight. React to what the interviewers say and be involved, not nervous. Take a few moments to breathe deeply.
- If they ask you if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask several. You will appear enthusiastic about the position.
- Show that you have researched their organization. Ask specific questions about it or the position.
What now? Feel proud and unwind.
- Do not dwell on what you could have said differently or what you should not have done. Remind yourself that you were prepared and did your best!
- Donít stress about your submitted application or interview. It is time to breathe!
- You can keep in mind the date when you should receive a response, but donít obsess or count down the days. Relax!