Preparing for the Interview

Once your resume has been sent to companies, employers will decide which students to invite for interviews.  Employers typically contact students directly by telephone or email to arrange the interview. You must prepare for your interview!

Making Interview Arrangements:

  • Prepare a professional message on your answering machine and cell phone
  • Check email daily
  • Use a professional email address
  • Keep calendar readily available by the phone
  • Ask for name and phone number of the interviewer when scheduling interviews
  • Obtain clear directions and parking information
  • Ask if a tour of the company will be included in the interview. If there is a tour, be aware of particular safety requirements and/or dress restrictions

 

Appearance:

  • First impressions are lasting impressions… Make yours a great one!
  • Cleanliness is a must
  • Hair should be neat and professional
  • Jewelry should be kept to a minimum – absolutely no body piercing should be visible
  • Men: suit, dress pants, white shirt, tie, matching socks and dress shoes
  • Women: suit with slacks or knee-length skirts, hose and polished closed-toe dress shoes with low heels

 

Research the Organization before your Interview:

  • Know the company’s products and/or services
  • Geographic locations
  • Number of plants, stores or facilities
  • People you know within the organization
  • Potential growth in the industry and their competitors
  • Recent items in the news
  • New products, services and markets

 

Where can you find this Information?

  • The Internet
  • Your Co-op Manager
  • The library
  • Ask the organization for literature or brochures

 

 

The Interview

 

Things to Bring:

  • Several copies of your resume and references
  • A notebook and pen
  • Three to five prepared questions to ask the interviewer

 

Use Good Communication Skills:

  • Firm Handshake – Remember to begin and end your interview with one
  • Eye Contact – Make good eye contact with all of your interviewers
  • Body Language – Lean forward and smile, do not slouch or fidget
  • Speak Clearly – Speak loudly enough to sound confident, do not mumble or talk too fast
  • Vocabulary – Use proper English and avoid slang terms
  • Enthusiasm – Always have a positive attitude

 

Rehearse these Sample Interview Questions before you interview:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What high school courses did you like the most? The least?
  • What did you gain or learn from your part-time job or volunteer work?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • Why do you plan to attend Kettering University?
  • Why do you plan to major in your intended field of study?
  • Give me an example of when you had to work in a team environment.
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • How would you describe your work ethic? Give me an example.
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our organization?

 

Be Prepared to ask the Employer Questions:

  • Does your organization employ other Kettering students? Other co-op students?
  • What type of assignments do freshmen students receive?
  • What type of increased responsibility would I experience during my time here?
  • Do you have an example of a Thesis project completed by a Kettering student?
  • What do you like the most about working for this organization?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process and can you give me an estimated timeline?

 

Finish Strong:

  • Say “Thank you” and shake hands with all interviewers
  • Collect business cards from all interviewers
  • Always send a thank you letter