The most important thing that will help you land a job is interview preparation. Preparing will allow you to feel more in control by already anticipating what will be asked in the interview. The Citadel Career Center has provided students with interview prep materials, the STAR Technique, mock interview tips and other tools that will help you through the interview process.
With an email AND a handwritten note/thank you letter to your potential employer. Make sure that you reference conversations, discussion, and notes from the interview
Take a minute to write down everything you remember about the interview
This will help with the post-interview follow up email and thank you letter, but it is also an opportunity to grow and improve for future interviews
How did you respond to the interview questions? Did you use the STAR technique? Was there anything that you forgot to mention? Did you say anything that you wish you hadn’t? Did your responses seem strong, weak, or somewhere in between?
What was the rapport between you and the interviewer? How was your body language during the interview? Did you observe any noteworthy body language of the interviewer (i.e. did he/she smile or nod during any of your responses?)
Self-evaluation often leads to self-growth. We always have the opportunity to improve, so use this experience as one of those opportunities!
Benefits of Mock Interviewing
Interview preparation includes mock interviewing. Mock interviewing gives you an opportunity to:
Refine your interview skills
Practice what you would say in response to a question (STAR technique)
Observe your own body language
Learn from any mistakes
Make substantial improvements before the interview