Preparing for On-Campus Interviews

When you advance to the interview stage, your primary goal should be to make sure that you are ready to tell your story. A strong interview makes a lasting impression, and career-building is all about relationships.

Prep Work

Practice interviewing.

Refine your interview style under lower stakes. Schedule an appointment with a career adviser who can help you prepare for the real thing.

  • Learn the essentials of interviewing effectively
  • Have your resume critiqued
  • Schedule a mock interview

Research the employer.

  • Attend employer information sessions. Learn about the organization.
  • Search online. Use online resources such as Hoovers and Vault. 
  • Use Handshake. Each organization that recruits on campus has a Handshake profile. If you search their name in the system, you will find a description, website links and more.
  • Get social. Search and follow organizations on social media platforms.

On-Campus Recruiting Tips

These simple tips can help you avoid unnecessary stress and have a smooth interviewing experience. Make sure that you review and understand our on-campus recruiting policies.

Avoid back-to-back interviews.

Interviews often run behind, which means you may get out of your first interview later than expected and have even less time to get to the next.

Come prepared.

Always arrive a few minutes early. Bring an extra copy of your resume and cover letter as well as a portfolio with notepaper and a pen. It is helpful to prepare and bring a list of questions for the interviewer.

Follow up with a thank you.

Ask your interviewer for a business card. Then follow up with a brief thank-you. An email is acceptable if you have been corresponding via email previously, or if second interviews are coming up soon. Be sure to find out when you can expect to hear back with news about your interview.