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This link will teach you what you need to do, what you don’t need to do, and what to look out for in the short amount of time you have in the interview room.

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Author: Katie

At the end of an interview, the interviewer will probably ask, “So, do you have any questions for me?” You should always come prepared with at least one question. Asking a question based upon your knowledge of the company not only impresses your interviewer, but makes you much more memorable when being compared to other candidates. For example, specific questions about the company’s advertising campaign or current events involving the industry for which you are interviewing.

Author: Peterson

This advice was given to me by the HR director at Procter & Gamble- ever since I spoke to her I have been very successful during interviews:

Each question should be answered in a systematical approach.
1. Give the background of the situation.
2. Describe what YOU did and why YOU did it (give statistics in this portion if possible).
3. Give the result.

Often times people do not give themselves enough credit for things that they have done. BE ASSERTIVE. Avoid words such as “we, helped, assisted.” You are in the interview to talk about what you did! Give yourself credit and avoid passive terms. Also, too many people spend too much time with parts 1 and 3 of the systematic approach when answering questions. The interviewer does not need to know the background of the situation, or an incredibly detailed result of the situation. Be very brief with the background and the result. Focus on #2- What you did, and why you did it. If you can follow these guidelines you will be much more successful in interviews.

Author: dakhlall

During an interview for an internship, as the recruiter was looking over my resume he came across my “IT skills” and asked about them. I told him my levels of each and he then said “Well let’s see what you’ve got.” He had me bring my chair around to his side of the desk as he pulled up a powerpoint slideshow he had been working on. He then asked me what I thought was wrong with it and how to make it more eye appealing. I was not at all expecting him to ask me to prove my abilities, but I did and he ended up saving the slide I had recreated for later use. This proves that you cannot just put down a skill because it makes you look good on paper. I would have never expected him to have me format a slide on the spot but because I was able to do it effectively, he commented that I indeed did have the proficiency I had described.

Author: Raleigh

I had a phone interview over the summer for an internship. The interview was going to be a conference call with three different executives, all in different countries. I had no idea what to expect so I prepared a few notes about my experiences. Unfortunately I was the first to call in so I waited. Jared, the “Marketing Guy” was next to call in. I expected to get straight to business and have them start interviewing me but he wanted to know about where I was from and my parents and siblings and so on. Then Cliff called in and he wanted to hear about my freshmen year in college and how my cousin was doing (who got me the internship.) I realized that they weren’t interested in my on paper experiences but more of my personality and if I would fit in with all of them. Don’t assume the only thing interviewers judge you on is your resume. Prepare for anything and foremost be yourself.

Author: Bilinkas

It is always important to be punctual for an interview. I had an interview this past summer in a town I was not familiar with. When I left my house I thought I had given myself enough time but the streets in that town were very confusing, I had trouble finding the building, and it even took me more time to find parking. Luckily I had left early enough to still make it to my interview but the stress trying to get there set back my focus and I was still flustered once I got into the office. If necessary, go to the office of your interview ahead of time the day before so you know exactly where to go and it can even calm your nerves of that intimidating atmosphere when you’re actually there for your interview.

Author: efird2009

I’ve had the opportunity to interview for both medical schools and pharmacy schools. The one piece of advise I can offer is to realize that everything you’ve said on your resume or personal statement really doesn’t mean jack to these people. If you are sitting in an interview it means that you’ve already passed the prerequisites (i.e. GPA, degree, experience, etc.). They want to see how well you can adapt to an uncomfortable and nerve racking experience. It’s also important to be able to sell yourself and be articulate. Saying that I am a caring, confident, and academic individual is something an interviewer has heard time and time again, but being altruistic, bold and inquisitive will get someones attention.