Cornell University

Office of Career Services

201 Ives Hall, 607-255-7816

Interviewing

Students speak with an employerOnce your résumé has gotten you to the interview, your goal is to use the knowledge you have gained about yourself and the organization to demonstrate a "match" between your qualifications and the employer's needs. There are many resources available in the OCS Library, the Cornell Career Services Library in 103 Barnes Hall, including Vault and Wetfeet guides, and in the Career Guide that can help you.

You should familiarize yourself with the different types of interviews that employers use. The interview styles we hear about most frequently from students are screening, behavioral, and case. Try to learn which type of interview you're scheduled to have so that you can be ready for it.

To increase your effectiveness in your job interviews, you should:

  • Prepare for the interview: Obtain a detailed job description and review it carefully; research the organization; and understand how you fill the needs of the position and the employer.
  • Practice interview techniques: Work on your communication skills; become used to talking about yourself, and come to OCS for a practice interview.
  • Perform in the interview: Your primary task is to convince the interviewer that you can meet the employer's needs and goals. Try to relax and smile, but maintain a professional demeanor. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and self-confidence. Don't do all the talking and don't be afraid of periods of silence; watch for cues that the interviewer is still with you. Additional tips on interviewing are available through our office.
  • Follow-up: After the interview, send a short letter of appreciation or a thank you note for the interviewer's time. In this letter you can emphasize any points about your qualifications that you might not have covered sufficiently or that you think are especially important and communicate your continuing interest in the company.

Before any interview, know your responses to the following questions:

  • "Why are you interested in this position?"
  • "What experience(s) do you think make you a strong candidate?"
  • "How does this position fit into your overall career path?"
  • "Do you have any questions for us?"
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Tips for on-site interviews

Tips for phone interviews

Case Interview Tips