CCD Main Campus
P.O. Box 173363
Campus Box 201
Denver, CO 80217-3363
Cherry Creek Building
1111 W Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
800 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
Prepare for an Interview
Here are some key steps that will ensure success in the interviewing process:
Before the Interview
1. Research the employer to find out as much as you can about who they are, what they do, their mission, products or services, history, and current company news.
2. Understand the job description for the position you are being considered, who will be interviewing you, and the structure of the interview. Analyze your own strengths, accomplishments, and personal qualities that fit with the position description, and be prepared to give examples of how you have demonstrated those.
A common type of interview is called “Behavior-Based Interviewing.” These questions allow you to provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated certain competencies in the past. The questions are open-ended, allowing you to speak at length about how you demonstrated the competency sought. An example of how a behavior-based interview question might begin is, “Tell me about a time when…”
4. Prepare questions for the employer. Remember--you are also deciding whether the positon and employer are a good fit for you. Think about 2-3 questions that you would like to ask the employer. This gives you a chance to learn more about the employer, the position, or to display that you've done your research on the employer.
1. Dress for success. For your interview, your personal style will have to be shelved or kept in the closet. While many companies have adopted the "office casual" dress code, don't try to set new standards in the interview. When in doubt, it is better to be too conservative than to be too flashy. For men and women, a suit is the best bet.
Here are some guidelines for dressing for the interview:
2. Arrive on time. Be at the interview location at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. This will help you reduce your stress level and you will ensure that traffic or any other delays don't make you late.
3. Have additional materials. Bring along extra copies of your resume and any additional materials you may need, such as a list of references or portfolio of your work.
4. Be Present. Be enthusiastic and friendly with all that you meet. Direct eye contact, a smile, and a handshake will be expected upon entering.
After the interview
If you need additional information or assistance on Interviewing, contact the Career Development Center at 303-352-3306 to schedule a practice or Mock Interview. You can also view the Career Guide for more interviewing tips or log into Career Connections to view sample interview questions in the Resource Library.