How to Stand Out

What should you wear? What questions will you be asked? What questions should you ask? We’ll help you prepared and stand out during an interview.

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What to Bring

Being prepared is the number one way to impress during an interview, and that includes not showing up empty-handed. Here's a list of things you might want to bring to your interview.

  • Copies of your resume/CV
  • A pen
  • A notepad
  • List of references
  • Notes with talking points/examples of your experiences
  • A list of prepared questions to ask
  • Portfolio (if you have one) or examples of your work
  • Folder/Briefcase (optional)
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Directions and contact information
  • Driver’s Licenses or Passport
  • A smile and positive energy
Map Out Directions Ahead of Time

Take the time before your interview, to get directions and even practice finding your interview location. There's nothing worse than looking sharp but showing up late because you got lost on the way to the interview.

What to Wear

When it comes to dressing for an in-person or video interview, think trendy, but conservative. Choose a classic suit coat, dress, shirt and pants or skirt. Wear clothing that is clean, wrinkle-free and fits you properly. This will show that you mean business.

A new suit isn't in your budget?

Try visiting local thrift stores for a slightly used one.

Tips on Tying a Tie

Following along with Bob as he shows you three different ways to tie a tie.

Screenshot of the video "Tips on Tying a Tie with Bob."

What to Say

What you talk about and how you say it can make or break your chances of getting hired. Here's how you can describe your skills and experiences.

Highlight Your Skills How to Answer Interview Questions Questions to Ask

What skills do you bring? No matter your field of study, it’s important to speak their language and demonstrate how your academic experiences translate to workplace performance.

Good news—you’ve likely already started to develop important soft skills that employers seek through your academic and extracurricular activities.

Based on nationally recognized criteria from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Skill Sets

Career & Self-Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

What's Next

Shine like a star when you answer those experience questions.