Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jeremy Cantrill
Interviews can be a daunting process to undertake for an unexperienced interviewee! However, with this guide, you’ll be well on your way to being the best interviewer you can possibly be.
The theme for a confident interviewee is one of preparedness. The overall goal of this article is to prepare you so that you are ready to put your best self forward.
1) This may seem like an intuitive thing, but you need to be familiar with the company and position you are interviewing for. You can research the news for the company on many different news websites, or even just a general google search is a good start. Also, use the company website to your advantage. Research things like their values, quarterly reports, employee interviews, and social media. This can tell you a lot about what the company stands for and company culture.
2) Use the Office of Career Management! There are various coaches and consultants all available for both undergraduate and graduate students to use. Schedule a meeting with us if you have questions or concerns you would like feedback on.
Also, there are many useful handouts and resources to use on our webpage, specifically our Job Search Handouts page.
3) Use other resources available on the web. Websites such as GlassDoor can provide an “insider’s” viewpoint of the firm you are interviewing for. Doing research outside of the company’s official website can give you an idea of the culture and interview style for each company. It is important to remember that individuals may post biased views and opinions on the web, without any review. So, be sure to take the information you read with a grain of salt and seek to gain an overall picture of the company.
4) Use the University system as a whole to network. It can often seem daunting to make connections at a company you otherwise do not have an existing relationship with. OSU has a wonderful resource entitled AlumniFire (osu.alumnifire.com) where you can network with OSU alumni who work at various corporations across the globe. The great thing about AlumniFire is that each person listed has chosen to make themselves available for contact. So, use that resource to reach out to them! Give them emails or calls when appropriate and get your questions answered.
Overall, remember a few key points:
1) A prepared person is a confident person.
2) OSU and the Office of Career Management (OCM) have resources available for you, use them!
3) Reach out, both to us in the OCM and to alumni and other contacts. It doesn’t hurt to put a face to a name!