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.

  • Multiple 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 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 for a job & internship fair, an interview or a professional selfie.

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 Asking Questions

During an interview, anytime you hear the words “tell me about a time when...” or “describe a situation where...” just think STAR

The STAR Method

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Situation or Task

Describe the situation or task:

  • Who was part of the situation?
  • What was the purpose of the task?
  • Why did the situation happen?
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Action

Explain what action steps you took.

  • What was your role/part in the situation?
  • What specific action steps did you take?
  • Why did you take those steps?
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Results

Discuss the results of your actions:

  • Did you accomplish your goal/objectives?
  • Were you successful or not?
  • Were you efficient and productive?
  • What did you learn?
Start Brainstorming Answers

To make sure that your interview is full of STAR answers, brainstorm activities/projects you've done in the past and what skills learned as a result. Then practice your responses out loud.

STAR Method Sample Questions

  • Describe your greatest strengths?
  • Tell me about a situation where you directly impacted the success of a team?
  • Give an example of a time when you worked under deadline pressure.
  • Explain a situation where you felt you had not communicated well. How did you correct the situation?
  • Tell us about a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
What's Next

Prepare how you plan on answering those difficult questions.