Although interviews often cover a wide variety of questions, most of the questions tend to fall into three primary areas:

  • Strengths:  Will you be good at the job? Are you qualified?
  • Fit:  Will you be good for us? Can we work and get along with you?
  • Motivation:  Will this be good for you? Will you like the job?

Use these handouts to prepare to speak about your strengths, fit, and motivation and present yourself effectively in an interview:

Researching a company or organization is essential to an effective interview. Employers appreciate candidates who can demonstrate an understanding and enthusiasm for the company. Use this checklist to help you conduct thorough research prior to your next interview.

Practice interviews:

Would you ever compete in a sports event without practicing? Why compete for a job without honing your interview skills? Our office offers free practice interviews with a career counselor. Call (616) 526-6485, or stop by to set up your practice interview. You'll be asked to dress as you would for a real interview and to submit this form 24 hours prior to your appointment.

On-campus interviews:

Keep an eye on your e-mail and student-news for employers visiting campus to conduct on-campus interviews. For more information and to sign up for an interview, go to CalvinLink, click "jobs," then on the "show me" drop down menu, select "all interviews."

If you sign up for an interview, you must adhere to the following cancellation policy: Cancellations of an interview must be made no later than 4:00 p.m. the day before the interview. If you cancel after this time, or if you don’t show up, Career Development services will be revoked, and you will be required to write a letter of apology to the recruiter, to be mailed through our office. At that time you can schedule an appointment with the director of Career Development to explain the reason for not keeping your interview, after which these privileges may be reinstated.

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