Preparation Tips from an Employer Perspective
- In general, Communication skills are cited by all employers as vital. So it’s not surprising that when asked how students need to improve their interviewing, employers’ report that candidates need to articulate in detail, with specific examples, how their skills and experiences connect with the position.
- Research the company and understand their industry.
- Practice answering questions aloud.
As you try to anticipate what you will be asked in the interview, be aware that interviewers will likely try to get at a) what is needed to do the job [read that job description carefully!], and b) general skills needed by everyone in today’s work world……
Top 5 Skills & Qualities desired by Employers
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
- Ability to analyze quantitative data
NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) Job Outlook 2014-2015
How Career Development Center staff & resources can help:
- Attend an Interviewing Skills Seminar
- View the Interviewing section of Career LibGuides.
- Make an appointment with a career specialist to discuss your questions or ask for a Mock Interview – Call 651-962-6761.
People expect interviews to be nerve-wracking, but thorough preparation and putting it all in perspective (“I’m having a conversation with someone about what they need, what I’ve done, and what I am capable of doing.”) really helps alleviate those nerves!