"Be honest, dress to impress, be prepared, practice beforehand, try not to stress about it, stay positive!"
- Joe Candela II '11, Quality Assurance Associate, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
"ALWAYS send a thank you note. It doesn't take long to do and can set you apart from other candidates."
- Jillian Torre '14, Financial Times
"Remember to send a thank you note to the interview committee."
- Theodora Bosch '75, Retired Teacher
"Greet the interviewer by name, extend your hand, make frequent eye contact, speak clearly, know all about the company, ask questions, and send a thank you note."
- Catherine Kennedy '70, Special Education Teacher, College Counselor
"Yes. 1) Make eye contact. 2) Smile, and lean forward a bit. 3) If this is the job you really want, say so. I was told by the guy who hired me that when I said, "I really want to work here!" he knew I was the right candidate. 4) Ask a few questions; show your interest. 5) Shut off your phone and put it away. 6) Most of all, be yourself!!"
- Karen Shea '78, Math Dept. Chair, Longmeadow (MA) HS, Retired
"STAR technique: Situation - when did the example occur? Task - what did you have to do? Action - how did you approach the task? Result - how did you approach the result / what happened as a result? For each question they will ask for real-life evidence where you have demonstrated the behaviour or skills. They will know what the desired behaviours are and will look for positive and negative indicators."
- Joseph Pozza '01, Global Trial Manager, Novartis
"I would say to do what they call “power poses.” It helps you to be open during an interview. I would ask this question: “What are the expectations for this position.” It will help you to have the upper hand on the interview and clarify their expectations from you. Good Luck!"
- Justin Perez '16, Assistant Director of Mission Advancement
"Give eye contact and stay positive. Many jobs can teach you the skills needed to do the job successfully, but most jobs do not have the time, resources, or desire to teach people skills."
- Anthony Grice '06, Educator, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
"1. Be yourself, let it shine through. 2. Study the company you are job seeking to enable you to also interview with intelligent questions. 3. Remember that a job interview is a two way street. An interviewer is pleased to know that you understand the position and are willing to place your trust in the company."
- Alvin Mann '16, Retired
"Show up on time. Turn your phone off. Dress appropriately. Know how to shake hands. Show that you're already familiar with the prospective employer's website and what it is that they do. Bring copies of your (perfectly proofread) resume, including a list of references with contact information. Don't be overly chatty, but do expand intelligently on questions you are asked. Say "Thank you" when leaving. A more formal written or emailed note of thanks sent after the interview will not go amiss."
- Madelyn Folino '73, Director, Florida Public Library
"Be yourself! Showing who you really are during an interview is refreshing and will make you stand out against the other candidates. Have confidence! You are sharing your story. You know your story better than anyone. This is your one chance to rise and shine! Be professional! That means showing up early, being prepared with documents with clean and professional attire. This shows you’re taking the interview seriously. Don’t forget to breathe! It calms your nerves and helps you think clearly."
- Rebecca Quicksell '14, RN, Wellness Coordinator, GHVHS
"Nothing bothers me more than an unprepared candidate. Research the company, what they do, who they compete against and understand their market position. Second, understand the role you are interviewing for. If you are unsure, try and research the typical responsibilities for that title within the industry. Answer with clarity, not just a yes or no. Give insight or examples. Have questions prepared ahead of time that can help you see if that job is in fact for you. Personality goes a long way."
- Rob Meagher '95, Owner, LMB Professional Services Inc.
"I cannot stress enough how important nonverbal communication is! First impressions have a lasting impact on an interviewer. Good posture, a strong handshake and carrying yourself confidently will get you a long way even if the actual verbal portion of your interview does not go well. Nonverbal communication also includes dressing for the part; it is better to be overdressed than underdressed so business attire is imperative in most cases!"
- Gretchen Hafner '14, Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Rutgers University
"1. Do your research on the company, the role, and everyone on the interview schedule. 2. Be prepared to give real life examples and use the STAR method when answering questions (Situation Task Action Result). You can google this for more clarity. 3. If you find yourself stuck on an answer; pause, regroup, and provide your answer. Excusing yourself and starting over is better than rambling. 4. Follow up with a thank you. Email is more than acceptable."
- Bob Miles '93, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, RTI International
"Look great wearing business attire. Hair simple and clean and neat. Be yourself. Be energetic. Be able to answer questions. Address the interviewer by name. Why did you become a nurse? What has been your greatest challenge and how did you deal with it? What are your positive attributes? What are your negative attributes? Talk about relationship based care; being a team player. Do you have a good sense of humor - if so, let them know."
- Ellen Coonerty, RN, BSN, BA, CDE, '72, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY
"1) By your demeanor, be personable, not informal. 2) Keep eye contact with the interviewer. 3) Listen carefully to the questions. 4) Do not chew gum or any other substance during the interview. 5) ****Dress as if you already have the position. Your appearance will say "This is what you will get if you hire me." 6) Study the company's website. 7) Address them as either "Mr./ Ms." 8) Show you are eager to learn. 7) At the end of the interview say, "Thank you for the opportunity for this interview.""
- Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, '70, Art and Spirituality Coordinator, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT
"Answer the question "tell me a little about yourself" using a 3 step process: 1. The Present: Discuss why you are interested in this position and organization based on the research you’ve done. 2. The Past: Highlight your education, experience and skills that apply to the job based on the job description. 3. The Future: Discuss how you can contribute to the organizations long-term goals. Keep your response concise (no more than 2 minutes), and practice this most often asked interview question."
- Sean Hollywood '96, Fiscal Officer, Howard County Community Resources & Services; Adjunct Accounting Professor
"The obvious is attention to your appearance, maintain eye contact and be friendly/likeable. Explain to the employer why you are interested in working for them. Emphasize that you are conscientious, willing to work hard in whatever area they need you in, to learn new things, and that you appreciate the opportunity to help their business succeed. Good luck and enjoy this very fun time-the beginning of your new adventure. My hope is that you will keep fond memories of the Mount with you always!"
- Paula Parisi-Peaden '82, Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden, PC
"Dress smart and listen attentively! Remember you worked hard for your degree and no one can ever take that away from you!"
- Sarah Bradwisch '92, Professor of Nursing
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