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Interviewing

Conyngham Hall • 570-408-4060 (T) • 570-408-4061 (F) • Email

INTERVIEWING SKILLS

Despite how much education and experience you may possess, your performance in an interview will determine whether you are a viable candidate for a position. Interviews may be done via phone, on-site, with one recruiter, and/or with a group or a search committee.

Always do a mock interview prior to the actual interview! Contact the Career Services, careers@wilkes.edu, office for a mock interview appointment with a staff member.  Make an appointment with us to do the mock interview well before the interview date: our schedules do not permit "walk-in" mock interviews. 

You can do a web-based video interview as well.  You will need to turn up the volume on your computer with a webcam.  You can record your responses to hundreds of practice interview questions and send them to us, as well as any other individuals you choose for feedback.  Go to https://wilkesuniversity.interviewstream.com/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f , create your own login and password and give lots of examples to questions you are asked.  If you do not have access to a computer with a webcam, you can reserve a computer at Career Services, call 570-408-4060.

Plan your interview attire ahead of time.  Conservative, professional dress, even for work in business-casual environments, is expected by your interviewer.  A suit for men is expected; a suit, plain dress, or pant suit is considered appropriate for women.  Jewelry, especially earrings and rings should be minimal; piercings and tattoos should be concealed; and hair, shoes, and manicures, should look neat and professional.

Successful candidates who follow proper interview etiquette, who are well prepared, knowledgeable about the organization, appropriately dressed, enthusiastic, and who are able to offer specific examples to illustrate their skills, are favorably considered.  Our Interviewing Skills Guide is available in our office and describes interview preparation in more detail.


Recruiters will rate your interview on a variety of factors, such as:

1. Handshake, eye contact, non-verbal communication, manners, dress
2. Communication of interpersonal skills needed for the specific job, including: flexibility, leadership, assertiveness, patience, self-confidence, self-awareness, creativity.
3. Knowledge of their organization
4. Illustration of your knowledge and skills in your field
5. Relation of your skills, personality, and career goal to their organization’s needs 

Realize that behavioral interviewing questions used by most recruiters require that you prepare responses about your past behaviors.  It is CRITICAL that you practice and prepare responses to questions such as:

  • “Describe how you handled yourself in a high pressure situation.”
  • “How did you prepare for today’s interview?”
  • “What is your greatest personal accomplishment?”
  • “Tell me about a time that you dealt with a dilemma as a ____ (salesperson, student teacher, athlete, student, intern, etc.)” -“Convince me to….buy this pen, hire you as my accountant, enroll my child in your service, hire you instead of the other candidates.”
  • “Write me a computer program which …..”
     

Candidates who do not research the company will quickly be eliminated.  Make sure to have a copy of the job description and make notes on how your skills match the company's needs.  Research the company on the web and prepare a list of questions about the company prior to the interview.  Ask questions about the company's goals, challenges, products, clients, and career growth and training opportunities, and be prepared to offer responses to questions such as, " what would you improve about our website?," "how has our stock done recently?," "which type of our clients would you prefer to work with?", or "how would you expand our services?"

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