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Career Development Center

Interview Preparation


  1. Research and Investigate

    • The organization; its culture, economic conditions, structure, history, and purpose/mission.
    • The position; the requirements and duties, prepare intelligent questions; develop 3-5 questions ahead of time and have them written down.
    • The industry; be prepared to discuss current issues and trends.
  2. Review Your Responses

    • Assess yourself; make a list of strengths, abilities, and experiences that relate to the job.
    • Determine major points you want to stress in the interview; how you will “sell” yourself.
    • Identify three reasons for selecting this job and/or employer.
    • List three assets you have which you feel will interest the employer.
  3. Study your resume

    • Review your resume as it fits the position.
    • nticipate questions or issues that might arise.
  4. Get Organized

    • Solidify travel arrangements for the interview.
    • Choose your outfit; project a professional image, be comfortable (not casual), dress conservatively.
    • Gather appropriate paperwork: resume (bring 2-3 copies – make sure they match the resume that was submitted to employer), a completed application (if requested), references (a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers and/or letters of recommendation), and, in some fields, a portfolio (samples of your work).
  5. Practice, Practice, Practice

    • Practice responses to potential interview questions; answers should be a brief, results-oriented view of your experience and skills.
    • Watch yourself in front of a mirror.
    • Participate in a mock-interview at the Career Development Center.


There are various types of interviews which depend on the employer, the job, the situation, and your position in the interview process. Following are several basic types of interviews:


Following are several stages that applicants typically go through during an employment interview:
  1. Breaking the Ice
    • Getting acquainted
    • Small talk to make each other feel comfortable
  2. General Information Gathering
    • Employer asks questions to expand on information given in resume
    • Employer surveys the applicant’s background, goals, and areas of interest
    • Stay relaxed and involved
    • Be positive throughout
  3. Focusing
    • Applicant directs employer to her/his strengths and how they relate to the needs and goals of the company
    • Applicant asks specific questions about the responsibilities of the job and articulates how his/her abilities and background match.
    • DON’T talk about money or benefits before they do!
    • Don’t let the interviewer talk the entire time
  4. Closure
    • Employer summarizes the company’s needs and goals, confirms applicant’s interest in the job, discusses next phase of the search process
    • Applicant summarizes strengths that fit the employer’s needs, confirms any follow-up meetings, and asks for the interviewer’s information/business card
  5. Follow-Up – (Don’t neglect this step)
    • Applicant sends a thank you letter (no later than 24 hours after the interview) to the employer indicating continued interest and highlighting strengths
    • Applicant calls the employer 1-2 weeks after sending the thank-you letter to inquire about the status of the position.

Download the complete Interviewing Guide (PDF)


Career Development Center · Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7716 · E-mail: CareerCenter@luc.edu

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