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Interview Process

Preparing BEFORE the interview:

Research the company/organization

  • Primary mission/purpose of the organization
  • Major competitors
  • Organizational culture (management style, work environment, structure)
  • Principal services and products
Research the graduate program
  • Demographics of the institution
  • Curriculum/program requirements
  • Assistantship/internship opportunities
Assess your strengths
  • Recall and write your accomplishments ahead of time
  • Follow each skill or accomplishment with a concrete example
  • Describe relevant experience and relate it to the position

DURING the Interview:

Remember to arrive early (at least 10-15 minutes)

Consider your non-verbal communication

  • Practice your handshake
  • Body language is important: sit up straight and do not cross your arms
  • Maintain eye contact without staring
  • Do not tap nervously or move around too much

Verbal communication

  • Never talk negatively about past employers
  • Answer questions concisely: don't ramble 
  • Eliminate non-words including "you know", "um", or "like"
  • Speak in a clear, well-modulated, audible voice

AFTER the Interview:

Follow up with a thank you note or email

Do your research on average salaries for graduates in your field


Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610