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 process.

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 interview.
  • Bring a portfolio with a sample of your work.

During the interview

  • Arrive early in case you need to check in.
  • 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 interviewers.
  • If you have questions about the hiring timeline, contact Human Resources for general questions about when they expect to provide interviewees with an update.

Mock 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.

Online interview videos

Learn more through our online interviewing videos.