· Be yourself, be honest and try to relax.
· Be prepared. Make sure you understand the process and have researched the university. Speak to current students.
· Know your resume and cover letter. Anticipate questions and consider responses. Understand what your strengths and skills are and how best to highlight them through examples.
· Understand your own goals and objectives: to make a favorable impression, to collect information about the university and to assess your own “fit”.
· Be sure to ask the interviewers about issues that are important to you. Engage in conversation and ask questions that show you are interested in the university and the type of work. Try not to be too "scripted" or prepared but remember to adapt to the conversation (i.e.. sometimes answers to questions can appear "canned"). Get a feel for the university: the values, opportunities for continuing education and growth, social atmosphere etc.
· Wear comfortable business attire
· Common Interviewing Mistakes
· Lack of preparation: no knowledge of university’s research areas.
· Nervousness: try to relax: remember on paper you have already met the University standards.
· Not listening to question asked: be responsive and ask for clarification if unsure.
· Not engaging in conversation: interact with the interviewers and ask questions.
· Being too scripted or prepared.
· Going overboard on flattering the university: unfortunately, this rarely comes across as sincere.
· Not showing enough interest in the university: we want people who want to be here.
· Forgetting that dinners/cocktails parties are still part of the interview/selection process.
· Not having an answering machine or cell to enable university to reach you during the week.