How to ace your interview
Preparing for an
interview is like preparing for a classroom presentation – preparation and
practice are important. Use these tips to begin exploring the interview
Before the interview
- Research your company – learn about
their mission, goals, and current projects.
- Know your resume well enough to
elaborate on its contents.
- Know your interview location and how
to get there.
- Bring extra copies of your resume.
- Learn the appropriate attire for the
- Bring a portfolio with a sample of
During the interview
- Arrive early in case you need to
- Make note of your interviewers’ names
and what departments they represent. Interviewers may be from the Human
Resources department or the department where you may be working.
- Interviews may occur in steps, for
example, your first interview may be over the telephone and your second
interview may be in person.
- Ask about the hiring timeline—when
they expect to make a decision and when interviewees will be notified.
- Refer to your resume or other
experience to support your answers when appropriate.
- Understand which interview questions
are appropriate and in accordance with the law.
- See a comprehensive list of sample questions provided by Northern Arizona University’s Human Resources.
After the interview:
- Write a thank-you letter to your
- If you have questions about the
hiring timeline, contact Human Resources for general questions about when
they expect to provide interviewees with an update.
interviews for forestry students
- Develop your interviewing skills
through mock interviews. These practice sessions can help you build
confidence and a strong, personal interviewing style. For more
information, please contact Forestry at 928-523-8956.
Learn more through our online interviewing videos.