Now that you have earned an interview, it's time to prepare how you'll land that job.
Ace the Interview
Research the company.
Check out the latest news on the company so you can answer the question, "Why do you want to work here?" Read recent news about the organization and learn about its products or services, its organizational structure and its clients, consumers and competitors.
You'll want to know what a potential employer might learn about you through a search engine or social media platform. Look to see if your résumé has been posted anywhere publicly. Be aware of how you're represented in photos on your page and your friends' pages.
Kelley Indianapolis Career Services provides several ways to prepare you for your interview.
- Mock Interviews
During the school year, we invite Indianapolis-area employers to conduct one-on-one mock interviews with Kelley Indianapolis students. The interviews generally last for 30 minutes. Log in to KelleyCareers for upcoming opportunities.
- Virtual Mock Interviews
If you can't make it to a mock interview, you can customize one virtually via InterviewStream. You can customize your interview from more than 100 questions ranging from general to industry-specific . When you're done, the interview is recorded so you can review and obtain feedback. To begin:
- Login to create a free account with the code "KSBI."
- Click "Conduct Interview."
- Select the interview that begins with "Tell me about yourself."
- Begin interview and test webcam.
- There will be a countdown after the first interview question for you to begin speaking.
- Click to stop recording, review, retry or continue to next question.
- Interview with us.
Schedule a time for us to talk you through an interview.
Know your interview types.
Employers may want to interview you in a variety of formats. Here are tips for how to approach each one.
- Luncheon Interview
Assesses how you handle yourself in social situations. Select light, easy things to eat that won't make a mess. Do not order alcohol even if others do.
- Screening Interview
These may be done by phone to determine if you have the minimum qualifications for a job. Emphasize succinctly and directly that you possess the desired skills/abilities for the position.
- One-On-One Interview
The most common interview type. In addition to selling your key strengths, ask what problems the supervisor is facing and suggest strategies to resolve the issues.
- Peer Group Interview
Used to see if you'll "fit in" with other potential coworkers. Focus on being agreeable and approachable rather than someone with all the answers.
Dress for success.
Always dress for the job you want. Business professional attire is recommended for every interview. Men should wear a suit and tie with a nice pair of dress shoes. Women should consider suit pants or skirt and a jacket with dress shoes. Conservative colors and footwear are recommended for both men and women.
Business professional attire is recommended, but for those occasions when business casual is allowed, here are some guidelines. For men, appropriate business casual attire is dress slacks or chinos, a shirt with or without a tie, dark socks, and dress shoes. Women should wear a combination of a skirt or dress slacks, blouse, sweater, and closed toe shoes.