An interview that ends in a job offer is not the result of luck.

Like with so much else, preparation and practice are the keys to success. Preparing for an interview will help build your confidence, reduce your chances of being flustered by unexpected questions, and let the employer see why you're the best person for the job or internship.

Your Guide to Interviewing

Do Your Research

Spend time on the employer's website getting to know what they're about and discuss the position with people you know who might have insights into the organization. You should be prepared to talk about your knowledge of the organization and what contributions you think you can make to it.

Know What Kind of Interview to Expect

Interviews can take several formats depending on whether it's an initial screening or final interview, and whether it's conducted in person, over video conferencing, or by phone.

Initial screenings are often shorter and involve fewer participants from the company. Many employers conduct only a final interview, which can last anywhere from 30 min to an entire day. These may involve multiple representatives from the organization and sometimes involve giving a presentation or doing some form of assessment.

Tips for virtual interviews: Dress as you would for an in-person, check your device/software/connectivity so you're ready to start on time, and make sure to find an appropriate setting where you'll be free from distractions and noise interference.

Know Yourself

Be prepared to discuss how your strengths and abilities relate to the position. Provide examples from previous employment or activities to highlight your skills. Also, be ready to talk about your challenges or areas of growth. 

Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you think through potential interview questions and prepare appropriate responses, the more confiident you will likely feel during the interview. Preparing thoughtful questions to ask your interviewer will also help you focus, reflect your research on the company, and demonstrate your interest. 

Say Thank You

Send a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview. It is a demonstration of your interest, appreciation, and professionalism. Handwritten notes are traditional, but email is often more practical and will arrive quicker. Your note should be professional, concise, genuine, and personalized.