Update your resume and cover letter Highlight your education and experiences Submit through Optimal Resume Research Become familiar with the company and industry Browse the company website Ask questions Use search engines Read related publications
Public or privately held? Local, regional, or international? Year founded? Basic philosophy? Growth patterns, number of locations? Size, number of employees, sales, assets, and earnings? Services, products, or projects? Career path, training, and development programs? Industry trends and competition?
Research potential questions Gain an understanding of various types of questions (traditional, behavioral, and case) Schedule mock interviews Outline your responses Use the STAR method
Traditional Goals, Values, Strengths/Weakness, Qualifications Behavioral Specific examples or experiences related to the job Highlight experiences and coursework Be specific! Case Interviewer asked to solve a problem or complete a task
S - SITUATION T - TASK A - ACTION R - RESULT U of M Interns
MEN 2-piece suit in black, navy, or charcoal A simple tie A white dress shirt Coordinating belt Polished shoes, dark in color WOMEN 2-piece suit in black, navy, charcoal Skirt length no more than 1” above the knee Blouses should be cotton or silk (white or pastel) 1-2” heels (closed toe)
Skirt or pant suit Conservative in style and color Muted patterns Images courtesy of www.macys.com
Wear closed toe shoes Polished and cleaned Conservative in style and color Images courtesy of www.macys.com
Wear dark socks or skin tone hosiery Wear solids or muted patterns Images courtesy of www.macys.com
Wear limited accessories Conservative tie Discreet and conservative jewelry
Nails should be neatly manicured Make-up and perfume/cologne should be applied appropriately Hair should be neatly styled Tattoos should not be visible Non-traditional piercings should be covered or removed
+ + Maintain good posture + + Tuck in shirt for polished appearance + + Clothing should fit properly (not too baggy, not too tig tight) + + Wear appropriate pant and skirt lengths + + Avoid low-cut blouses
Other helpful hints Choose braces OR a belt, not both Do not button bottom button of suit jacket Keep it simple Avoid outfits that could easily transition from day to night Groom facial hair
Arrive at least 15 minutes early Bring multiple copies of your resume in a folder or portfolio Introduce yourself with a firm handshake
Answer questions by using stories and examples Be ready for a variety of questions Look the interviewer in the eye Exhibit enthusiasm Avoid “ums” Take notes and ask questions End with a firm handshake
Don’t blame poor performance on past employers, workplaces, bosses, or co-workers. Avoid poor posture. Make eye contact with interview. Avoid tapping your hands and/or feet. Use gestures wisely. Always ask questions when given the opportunity!