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As the spring semester begins here at Thunderbird, the search for summer internships or post-graduation employment is in full swing. Here are a few tips for making the most impact:

Do:

Conduct Company Research Ahead of Time: Be prepared to answer questions about the company. This will demonstrate the extra effort and commitment you invested in preparing for the interview.

Understand the Different Types of Interviews: They include traditional, behavioral, and case interviews, and each requires different types of preparation.

Prepare Responses to Common Interview Questions: If you practice these beforehand, you are less likely to be caught off-guard or ramble when responding.

Focus on Relevant Information: Read the job description and highlight your reverent abilities and experience.

Respond to Questions Using Problem, Action, Result Format: This keeps responses concise and demonstrates specific contributions you have made to past companies.

Dress for Success: Take the time for personal grooming. Keep nails clean and trimmed, hair styled, breath fresh, and scent clean.

Be Punctual: Arrive at least ten minutes early.

 

Do not:

Recite Exactly What is on Your Resume: Recruiters do not need to hear what they can see in front of them.

Take More Than 2-3 Minutes to Answer a Question: Rambling will bore the interviewer.

Focus on Negatives: Do not ramble on about a past job or boss that you may have disliked.