Your Interview

See what recruiters are looking for when they interview you.

Interview Skills

It's really the interview that clinches the offer.

Prepare Your Stories

  • Most likely, you’ll experience a behavioral-type interview where most questions are not questions at all—they’re a request for stories about your accomplishments, experiences, and of how you’ve handled setbacks or failure.
  • Many of your stories are way in the back of your memory, so preparing and practicing your stories before the interview is the key to success . Choose stories and examples you’re most proud of.
  • Recruiters tell us they want to hear specific detail. Use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to cover everything they want to know.

Do Your Research

  • Know about the company’s products or services, what their goals are, where they’re located, and about their competition.
  • Read the job description for information about the work you’ll be doing.
  • Look beyond their website for information, articles, and industry news. 

It’s Go Time

An interview is a conversation—not a test. Your positive attitude, energy, and enthusiasm are the most important factors. They want to see that you’re excited about their company and the opportunity

Interview Resources

Behavioral Interview

You'll most likely encounter a Behavioral Interview, where you'll be asked for examples of your past experiences and behavior in certain situations. Employers want you to give lots of specific details, so they can get to know you better.

The best way to be fearless, confident, and successful interviewing is to be prepared. Review and practice answering sample questions using the STAR method! (Writing them down is a great way to bring them to the forefront of your memory.)

Get a list of possible questions you might be asked, examples of questions you might want to ask your interviewer, and more online resources to help you prepare here on our website!

STAR Technique

One strategy for preparing for behavioral interviews is to use the STAR Technique, as outlined below. (This is often referred to as the SAR and PAR techniques as well.)

S - Situation

Introduce the scenario to your interviewer, include: Where,What, When, Why, Who

T - Task

State what they've asked you to describe; a problem you've solved, a goal you accomplished, a challenge you overcame, a conflict you resolved, teamwork or leadership experience.

A - Action

Tell what you did to solve your problem, meet your goal, or overcome the challenge; first action you took, what you did next, steps after that.

R - Result

Good, or not so good. Sometimes not-so-good results or mistakes are our greatest lessons. Be sure to explain what you learned and how you might apply that lesson in your future work.

Sample Behavioral Interview Questions

On-Campus Interviews

There will never be an easier opportunity to have an interview and get a job than there is right here on campus. Each year Career Services coordinates thousands of on-campus interviews. Michigan Tech students have the opportunity to interview with hundreds of companies that travel to campus on a regular basis for recruitment purposes.

Up to 4,500 interviews are scheduled right after the fall and spring Career Fairs, but there are interviews conducted almost every week of the semesters. Most on-campus interviews last for a half hour and are conducted in various rooms around campus.

How well you do in the interview will determine if you be forwarded in the hiring process, so you'll want to be prepared! Check out our Interview Skills resources, and practice with a Learning Center Coach or Career Advisor. Be sure to do your research - learn about their products, services, location, competition, etc. before your interview. BE sure to attend any info session or networking event the company conducts to learn even more and meet recruiters.

On Campus Interview Process

Career Fair

You may be invited by a company rep in the hours right after the Career Fair to interview the next day. Be sure to write down the location and time they give you. These interviews are completely organized by the company - they do not report this information to Career Services.

You might be invited to interview during the Career Fair - know your schedule and be sure to write down the location and time.

Post Career Fair

Sometimes companies will return a week or two after the Career Fair to conduct their interviews. if you don't hear from your favorite company the night of the Career Fair, you may still be invited to interview.

Outside Career Fair Times

A company recruiting on campus at times outside of the Career Fair may ask you to "sign-up" for an interview slot on their preselect interview schedule. A job (posted on HuskyJOBS) flagged with a "P" indicates that a company is currently accepting applications for a job positng, and the employer will invite slected candidates to interview through HuskyJOBS. Be sure to check your HuskyJOBS account often for an invitation under "Interview Requests". You will be directed to a schedule to select an available time that works for you.

Or... The employer may call to schedule?

A job flagged with an "O" allows any candidate who meets major, year, GPA, etc. requirements to sign-up for an interview.

  • Click on the company's name
  • Select an interview slot (Date is noted above list)
  • Ensure your preferred resume is selected and submit

Checking Your Interview Schedule

After applying for a "P" job opportunity or you've signed up for an "O" interview schedule, you can check your status on your interviews tab.

Missed-Interview Procedure

Interviews are serious and important events both for you and our employers. They've traveled a long way to campus to interview you - an expensive in both time and money.

It's expected that you attend all interviews you've scheduled. However, there may be a time when unavoidable circumstances arise that prevent you from attending an interview. If this happens please:

  1. Call the company representative (if they called you to set up an interview you have their number)
  2. Try cancelling your interview through HuskyJOBS
  3. If it is too late to cancel an interview through  HuskyJOBS, call Career Services at 906-487-2313, to tell them you're unable to attend.
  4. Please give as much notice as possible so that another student can fill your interview slot.

If a company reports you as "no-show", your HuskyJOBS account and ability to interview on campus will be put on hold until you:

  1. Write a letter of apology to the company explaining what happened.
  2. Bring a copy of your letter and a stamped, address envelope to Career Services.
  3. After reviewing your letter, our staff will mail your letter, and you will be able to sign up for future interviews.

Be diligent about planning and managing your interview schedule! Your professional reputation and successes hinges on it.

  • Double-check your interview times carefully to be sure you do not mix up the day or time and miss an interview. Put the appointments into your personal calendar and/ or set an alarm/ reminder on your phone/computer
  • Set your personal HuskyJOBS settings to send you an email reminder the day before an interview.

Phone and Skype Interview

Phone Interview

Many companies do phone interviews in the first step of their hiring process, especially when there is a great distance between you and them. Phone interviews can be great because you can have notes in front of you, however, they can be tough, because in light of the fact that 90% of communication is nonverbal, that’s not possible through the phone. So, the only way that you can show your excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity you're interviewing for is through the tone of your voice. It may sound corny, but experts say you should smile during your conversation, so that a happy, energetic, and positive tone will come through the phone line.

Virtual Interview

This is pretty close to a face to face interview, so you’ll want to prepare just the same. Dress professionally, have impeccable grooming, and lots of stories prepared for behavioral type questions. Because you’re “live,” you won’t be able to refer to notes as you would for a phone interview. You’ll also want to know your resume inside and out, but you can have it in front of you for brief reference. A critical component to virtual interviews is the quality of your internet connection. You must ensure that you make or take the call in a space that’s quiet, uninterrupted, and has excellent cellular service. Consider using Career Services interview rooms and your own laptop or our conference room with video conference capabilities. 



On Site Interview

Congratulations! You have passed on to the last component of the hiring process. Companies that invite, pay for, and take the time for site interviews are very serious about hiring you - you’re one of their top candidates. So, again, you’ll want to be prepared. Research the company as a whole, as well as the department that you are interested in. Learn about their products, services size, customers, competition, new and existing projects, and future plans. You might interview in a conference room with a number of hiring managers, or you may have a series of one-on-one interviews with individual hiring managers. Bring a padfolio with as many as 10 copies of your resume and references (you just never know who may want/need one).

 

Conference Type:

Each interviewer may take a turn asking you a question. You’ll want to make eye contact with the interviewer asking you the question, and you should begin your answer looking at that person, but very soon, ensure you briefly make eye contact with all the others around the table.

Series of One-On-One Interviews:

This can be challenging, because you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, or you can’t remember if you told your story to this interviewer or the last guy. Please know that it’s definitely ok (in fact it’s good) to give the same examples to each interviewer. Give them all your best stories and examples of the work and experiences you’re most proud of.

It’s also tough to keep up your enthusiasm and energy for a number of interview in a row, but it’s critical you give each your best impression, which must include your excitement for the opportunity to join their team.

Thank You Note/Letter

It turns out your mother was right: as short as they are, thank you notes are incredibly important. Whether or not you write one could make the difference between whether or not you get the job, so don't leave it up to chance and take a few minutes to write one!

Send it within one to two days following your interview. Whether you send the letter via email or snail mail, it doesn’t matter—as long as you are professional and prompt. It's the right thing to do, and it shows you have professional etiquette, which will make you stand out.

Thank You Letter Example

A handwritten thank you note is most impressive and appreciated – just eliminate the addresses and date. If you choose to type a letter, use the proper business letter format below – hand-sign and hand-address the envelop for the most personal touch. 

Your Street Address
Town, State, Zip
Date

Recruiter's Name, Title
Company Name
Street Address
Town, State, Zip

 

Dear Ms. Recruiter,

Thank you for the opportunity to interview yesterday for the [name of position] position. It was a pleasure to meet you and learn more about [Company Name]. I really appreciated hearing about ____________________ and _______________________.

(The first paragraph is a simple thank you, and reminds the recruiter about the position for which you interviewed, as well as 2-3 things you spoke about)

I’m very excited about this position and the possibility of joining [Company Name]. I’m ready to work hard and exceed your expectations. Thank you for your consideration and all you've done on my behalf.

(Last paragraph should reiterate your enthusiasm for the opportunity and express your appreciate for being considered)

Sincerely,

Your Name
 

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On-campus Interview After The Career Fair Example

Your Street Address
Town, State, Zip
Date

Recruiter's Name, Title
Company Name
Street Address
Town, State, Zip

Dear Mr. or Ms. [Interviewer’s last name],

I am writing to thank you very much for interviewing me after the Michigan Tech Fall Career Fair. I really appreciate your time, and it was a pleasure to meet you. 

I especially enjoyed talking to you about _________________ and _______________. (2 or 3 things you spoke about)

I’m really excited about the possibility of working for [Company Name], and I’m ready to work hard and exceed your expectations.

Again, thank you for your generous time in meeting with me. I look forward to speaking with you again soon. 

Sincerely,

Your Name

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On-site Interview With The Company Example

Send to everyone you met with, individually, or to the interview lead if you interviewed with multiple people at the same time.

Your Street Address
Town, State, Zip
Date

Recruiter's Name, Title
Company Name
Street Address
Town, State, Zip

Dear Mr. or Ms. [Interviewer’s last name - or first name if you’ve had frequent contact and/or they’ve asked you to use their first name],

I am writing to thank you for inviting me to your [plant, office, facilities] and for your generous hospitality while I was there. I really appreciate your time, and it was a pleasure to meet you (or “see you again”, if you’ve already met).

I especially enjoyed learning more about [Company Name] and hearing about ___________________ and __________________. (2 or 3 things you spoke about)

Seeing where I’d be working and meeting everyone makes me even more excited about the possibility of joining [Company Name].

Thank you for your consideration and all you’ve done on my behalf. I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Sincerely,

Your Name

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Dinner or Other Meal or Social Event Example

Send to everyone you met with, individually, or to the interview lead if you interviewed with multiple people at the same time.

Your Street Address
Town, State, Zip
Date

Recruiter's Name, Title
Company Name
Street Address
Town, State, Zip

Dear Mr. or Ms. [Interviewer’s last name - or first name if you’ve had frequent contact and/or they’ve asked you to use their first name],

I am writing to thank you very much for inviting me to dinner with you on [day and date or after the career fair]. I enjoyed meeting everyone and getting to know you better.

It was great hearing about ____________________ and _______________________. (2 or 3 things you spoke about)

I’m really excited about the possibility of working for [Company Name], and I’m ready to work hard and exceed your expectations.

Again, thank you very much for dinner. I look forward to speaking with you again soon. 

Sincerely,

Your Name

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Taking and Passing Your Resume Onto a Hiring Manager Example

Your Street Address
Town, State, Zip
Date

Recruiter's Name, Title
Company Name
Street Address
Town, State, Zip

Dear Mr. or Ms. [Representative’s last name],

It was a pleasure to meet and speak with you at the fall career fair (or other networking event). I want to thank you very much for taking my resume and offering to pass it onto the appropriate person in your company. I really appreciate your time and efforts on my behalf.

I’m really excited about the possibility of working for [Company Name] and look forward to speaking with someone soon.

Sincerely,

 

Your Name

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