The interview is one of the most important elements in the job search process.

The interview gives you and the employer the opportunity to exchange information to determine if you are a good "fit" for each other.

Here are some easy steps to help you feel prepared and confident.

Step 1: Start preparing before your interview day

To be prepared before the interview, you will want to: Know the position, know the company, and know yourself

Expand the menu below to learn more about each of these

Some additional general tips prior to the interview day: 

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early and turn off your cell phone
  • Use effective non-verbal communication: a firm handshake, friendly smile, and appropriate eye contact
  • Remember that body language can help convey confidence, enthusiasm, and interest
  • Be courteous to everyone and only speak positively about others (faculty, past employers, co-workers, etc.)
  • Always be sincere and honest
  • Prepare several questions to ask the employer (see pg. 13}
  • Collect business cards from all interviewers and promptly send separate thank you notes (email and/or mail) and any requested materials
  • If you have not heard from the employer by the date they said they would contact you, allow 1-2 extra days, then take the initiative to follow up

Step 2: Learn about the different types of Interviews and Interview questions

There are many different types of interviews, as well as interview methods and techniques. Every job is different, and some jobs use a combination of different interview strategies.

Different types of interviews include:

  • Screening Interviews, Phone Interviews, One-on-One Interviews, Panel Interviews, and Group Interviews

An interviewee will benefit from using the CAR strategy when responding to interview questions.

CAR stands for: describe the CHALLENGE, what was your ACTION, and what was the RESULT. 

Expand the menu below to see more about each part of the CAR strategy


Expand the menu below to see some examples of common interview questions


Step 3: Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice your answers to sample interview questions. If you can, find friends or family who will practice with you.

If you would like to set up a mock interview with the Career Connections team, fill out one of our Career Connections intake forms or email 

Need professional clothing for your interview?

Career Connections has a Career Closet with free new and gently used clothes for students. Students can collect one free professional outfit per semester at Cuesta College.