Employers visiting the UW have told us that students’ biggest – and easiest to fix – mistake is lack of preparation.
Getting hired is the obvious goal for a job interview but there is another critical one: interviews are a chance for you to assess how the company and the position fit what you are looking for. They are also an opportunity for the employer to assess whether you are a match for their position and their organization. Make the most of this opportunity by preparing well.
Interviews can take place in-person (most common), on the phone, or via video. Understanding the employer’s perspective will help you anticipate questions and prepare answers so you respond well when the “real” ones are asked, but there is more you can do to get prepared.
A little preparation helps you be your best self and make the best decision about whether the job is for you.
The Husky Experience Toolkit is designed to help you make the most of your time at UW, wherever you are in your university career. The articles address four interconnected dimensions of the Husky Experience: Know Yourself, Know the World, Make Your Way, and Weave it Together.