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Preparing for an Interview

If you have an interview, then your resume and cover letter are working and your prospective employer feels you are potentially a good fit. Your task during the interview is to support your application for employment with strong examples and evidence of your experience. Below you will find resources to help you prepare for the big day.

General Tips for Interviewing

Heading into an interview can be a nerve-racking experience, but with enough research and practice, you should be able to arrive at your interview feeling confident and prepared. Below you will find a list of general tips to keep in mind when preparing for your interview. You may also want to check out the Guide to Interviewing PDF that L&S Career Services has created that outlines more in-depth tips for this process.

  • Review your resume and cover letter thoroughly, and bring a copy of each to the interview. You will want to expand upon these experiences as you answer the interviewer’s questions.
  • Review commonly asked interview questions and have your own questions prepared for the interviewer. You can review Badger Careers Typical Questions and Questions to Ask and L&S’s Sample Interview Questions to further prepare.
  • Research the hiring organization thoroughly. Explore their website, talk to current employees, and use any other tools at your disposal to gain knowledge on who they are and how they operate. This effort will not go unnoticed.
  • Dress to impress.  It’s best to dress conservatively and to be overdressed rather than undressed. Wear clothing you would deem to be appropriate for the organization with which you are interviewing.
  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses, and only talk about your skills that will be relevant to the hiring organization.
  • Follow-up the interview with a thank you letter. The L&S Career website has created a thank you letter guide to use in this regard.

UW Interviewing Resources

Beyond the resources offered above, UW-Madison has multiple other tools you can use when preparing for your big day.

  • Different Types of Interviews – Badger Careers has compiled information for preparing for different types of interviews such as behavioral interviews, phone interviews, case interviews, and beyond.
  • Telephone and Skype Interviews – L&S Career Services has created a useful PDF to review when preparing for a telephone or skype interview.
  • Schedule a Mock Interview – Students in the College of Letters and Science can schedule a mock interview to help enhance their interviewing skills. If you are not an L&S student but are hoping to attend a mock interview, you can also schedule these with visiting employers through BuckyNet.
  • Interview Preparation Resources through L&S – L&S Career Services has created multiple PDF documents to help you navigate different aspects of the interview process.
  • Prepare for Interviewing with Badger Careers– Badger Careers has created a comprehensive page addressing many aspects of preparing for an interview, including the 25 worst job interview mistakes people often make.
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