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Interviewing Skills

The purpose of an interview is to get the job that you want. Before the interview it is suggested that you research your prospective employer (e.g. products, services, job description, history etc), prepare yourself (e.g. dress appropriately, review your resume, accomplishments, problems areas, gather pertinent materials such as extra copies of your resume, work samples, list of references, prepare questions to ask etc).

During the interview, introduce yourself with confidence in your abilities and convey the message that you can do the job. You may want to shake hands firmly, maintain direct eye contact and good verbal and non-verbal expressions.

After the interview it is recommended to follow up with a thank- you letter and reassure your interest in the position. The following web sites and handouts can help you in your preparation for an interview.

Informational Interviewing

Informational Interviews constitute a way of finding out more about a particular company or an occupational field of your interest.  The benefit of an informational interview is that you gain more information about different occupations and how they best suit your interest, abilities, and values. Its purpose is not to get a job. It is very important that you know what questions to ask and be prepared. The following web sites and handouts are useful guides about how to conduct these types of interviews and thank your interviewer for their time.

  • The Senior Bank at OSU
    Made up of seniors who would like to share with you their insights about their undergraduate majors.
  • Informational Interview
    Describes the purpose of an informational interview and the differences with a job interview.

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