5 Tips to Ace Any Interview

5 Tips to Ace Any Interview

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NATHALIE SCHERER

  1. Do research – If you know in advance who will be interviewing you, do a Google search before you go to your interview. If they’ve published papers, read them over so you can ask questions about their work, or so you at least know what their area of interest is.
  2. Prepare - Have answers ready for tricky questions such as “What are your strengths” or “What are your weaknesses.” This doesn’t mean you have to have an entire answer memorized word for word, just have an idea of what you want to say if this question is posed
  3. Arrive on Time - even better, try to arrive 5 minutes early. If your interview room is hard to find, or you run into anything unexpected, you still want to make a good impression and be on time.
  4. Dress for success – check out at the dressing guide below!
  5. Thank you notes – a follow-up thank you note or email after the interview is always a good idea. Make sure it’s within the first day or two right after you interview

The Guide to Dressing for Interviews

There are usually two types of “nice” dress that can be worn in an interview: There is Business Casual and Business Professional. If you’re unsure or if it is unspecified, it is always better to dress up rather than down! The CNS Career design center has this handy guide to professional dress, and there are some examples below!

CNS Career Design Center - Professional Dress Guide

Business Casual

  • Women - Tailored pants or conservative dresses,
  • Men - Button down shirt, tie optional, sports coat, blazer, dress shoes

Business Professional

  • Women – pantsuit
  • Men - Suit, dress shoes, tie necessary

Check out some examples from NSC’s very own members!

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