Interviewing is an art. It is different than having a conversation with your friends, family or professors. During an interview, you must promote yourself — your skills, experiences and abilities that make you a good fit for the position. Therefore, it is important to practice your interview skills prior to an actual interview.
Use the resources below to prepare for an interview. Attend Practice Interview Day, which occurs once each semester. Western Michigan University business students can also schedule an appointment with a career development specialist to discuss interviewing or conduct a practice interview.
Before the interview
Interview Preparation Worksheet — track information related to your interviews including company research
Company Research Guidelines — information on how to conduct company research in order to prepare for an interview and the internship or job search process
- Quintessential Careers: "Guide to Researching Companies, Industries, and Countries"
- Wall Street Journal
- WMU Libraries Business Resource Guide - Careers and Employment
Interview Attire Guidelines for Women — information and examples of what to wear to an interview for women
Interview Attire Guidelines for Men — information and examples of what to wear to an interview for men
Personal Introduction Guidelines — information on how to professionally introduce yourself
Behavioral Interview Guidelines — learn more about behavioral interview questions and how to answer them
Behavioral Interview Preparation Worksheet — examples of behavioral interview questions that emphasize important business skills
During the interview
Questions to Ask in Interviews — information on how to prepare questions to ask during an interview and example questions
Negative Interview Questions — information on how to respond to negative interview questions, including examples
Illegal Interview Questions — information on illegal interview questions and how to recognize and respond to them
After the interview
Post Interview Guidelines — information on how and when to follow-up with an employer after an interview