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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders TRiO - Online Modules: for Off-Campus Students


**Please send all correspondence and questions for this module to your TRiO advisor**

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to identify the skills necessary to be successful at interviewing.

Preparation is key to a successful interview

Does the idea of going to a job interview make you feel a little queasy? Many people find that it is the hardest part of the hiring process. But it doesn’t have to be. The more you prepare and practice, the more comfortable you will feel. Increase your odds of landing the job you want by brushing up on your interview skills.

Prepare before you go. 
Find out all you can about the company before you go to the interview. Understand the products that they produce and/or the services that they provide. It’s also good to know who the customers are and who the major competitors are.

Practice makes perfect. 
It will also make you feel more confident and relaxed. So, practice your answers to common questions. Make a list of questions to ask, too. Almost all interviewers will ask if you have questions. This is a great opportunity for you to show that you have done your homework and have put some thought into your questions

Make a great impression.
The interview is your chance to show that you are the best person for the job. Your application or resume has already exhibited that you are qualified. Now it’s up to you to show how your skills and experience match this position and this company. 

The employer will be looking and listening to determine if you are a good fit. He/she will be looking for a number of different qualities, in addition to the skills that you possess. To make the best impression, dress appropriatelysell your strengths; arrive early, by about 10-15 minutes; be enthusiastic; shake hands firmly; be an active listener; sit up straight and maintain eye contact; ask questions.

Say "thank you".
After the interview, follow up with a thank-you note. This is a chance for you to restate your interest and how you can benefit the company. Your best bet is to try to time it so that the note gets there before the hiring decision is made. You should also follow up with a phone call if you don’t hear back from the employer within the specified time. Check out some samples: Sample Thank You Letters

Now, complete your online module for Interviewing by completing the following steps:

  1. Practice your answers to common questions asked in an interview. Choose at least 5 of the 25 questions to answer. If you are an Education, Engineering, or Healthcare major, choose an additional 3 or more questions specific to your major to answer. Use complete sentences (remember that you are going to be speaking these answers in your interview). 

  2. Make a list of questions to ask in your interview. Choose four or five questions that pertain the most to the position you are applying for and write them down.

  3. Compose a message (1-2 paragraphs) that you will say to your prospective employer when you are asked to "Tell them about yourself". Use the sell your strengths link as a guide.

  4. Send all completed tasks (as a Microsoft Word attachment) to your TRiO advisor.