Tips For Interview Success

Plain and simple: interviews aren’t easy. They are undoubtedly high-stake interactions that can make or break an opportunity for you. You obviously want to make a positive impression with the potential employer, but, more than likely, you’re also battling nervousness. The fact is that interviewing is a skill, and like other skills, you can build your competency through preparation and practice.

Last month, I offered advice for tackling the “What’s your greatest weakness?” question that inevitably finds its way into most interviews. That post took a deep dive into proven strategies for addressing that specific question. This month, I’m excited to share an article I recently wrote for Eye on Psi Chi, a publication for members of the international honor society for psychology students. The piece takes a broader look at interviews in hopes of giving you a more comprehensive guide to preparing for success.

Check out the article online to learn about:

  • What you can expect in each of the four most common types of interviews
  • Actions you should take prior to your interview, including conducting research and developing a clear sense of the skills and characteristics you wish to convey to your interviewers
  • Strategies for answering three commonly asked questions. In this section, I dissect why employers often choose these questions and how you might wish to craft your responses
  • How the STAR method can help you ace behavioral questions
  • And finally, additional pointers on body language and self-presentation that will help you achieve the impression you are aiming to make

As a DePaul student seeking career advice or interview help, you have full access to the university’s Career Center. Schedule an appointment with your advisor today!

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Hilarie Longnecker

As an assistant director at DePaul University's Career Center, I design and deliver one-on-one and group career development services through coaching, events, and resource development. I enjoy working with students to explore how their interests, skills, personality, and values intersect with the world of work. With over 12 years of experience in career services, I currently advise the students from the university's College of Science and Health, as well as manage the Career Center's Peer Career Advisor Program.