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Career Services at SJR State

The purpose of this guide is to help you identify companies for a job search, find job openings in specific fields, perform background research on companies for interviews and create company lists for targeted job searches.

Interview Preparation


At SJR State Career Services, we understand the importance of job interviews in securing your dream career. To help you shine in your next interview, we have compiled essential tips and strategies that will make a lasting impression on potential employers. Here are the key points to remember:


·    Research the company: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the company’s mission, values, and recent achievements to demonstrate your genuine interest.

·    Know the role: Familiarize yourself with the job description, responsibilities, and requirements to  align your skills and experiences accordingly.

·    Practice common interview questions: Prepare thoughtful responses to frequently asked questions, showcasing your accomplishments and problem-solving abilities. Utilize the Big Interview “Build Your Perfect Answer” feature to help you prepare your answers.

·    Dress professionally: Dress appropriately for the industry and company culture, ensuring a polished and confident appearance.

Non-Verbal Communication:

·    Maintain eye contact: Demonstrate engagement and confidence by maintaining eye contact with the interviewer(s) throughout the conversation.

·    Practice good posture: Sit up straight and project an attentive and engaged demeanor, displaying your interest and enthusiasm.

·    Smile and use positive body language: Smile genuinely and use open gestures to convey friendliness and approachability.

·    Active listening: Show interest by nodding, providing verbal cues, and responding appropriately, emphasizing your attentiveness and understanding.

Effective Communication:

·    Be concise and clear: Communicate your thoughts in a clear and succinct manner, focusing on relevant details that highlight your qualifications.

·    Highlight achievements: Use specific examples and measurable results to demonstrate your skills and contributions, showcasing your value to potential employers.

·    Ask thoughtful questions: Prepare insightful questions about the company, role, or industry to demonstrate your enthusiasm and engagement.

·    Tailor your responses: Adapt your answers to align with the company’s values and needs emphasizing how your skills and experiences meet their requirements.

Demonstrating Professionalism:

·    Punctuality: Arrive on time or slightly early to show respect for the interviewer’s schedule and exhibit your reliability.

·    Professional demeanor: Remain composed, respectful, and positive throughout the interview, showcasing your professionalism and maturity.

·    Show gratitude: Express appreciation for the opportunity to interview and follow up with a thank-you note or email within 24-48 hours.

Adapting to Virtual Interviews:

·    Test technology in advance: Familiarize yourself with the video conferencing platform, ensuring a stable internet connection and clear audio and video quality.

·    Choose an appropriate setting: Select a well-lit, quiet, and clutter-free environment that minimizes distractions and presents a professional backdrop.

·    Dress professionally: Dress as you would for an in-person interview, maintaining a polished appearance to convey professionalism.

·    Maintain eye contact: Look directly into the camera to simulate eye contact, establishing a personal connection with the interviewer.