Interviews & Job Offers
Prepare for the Interview
Put your best foot forward by preparing for the job interview. Follow these steps:
- Develop your “elevator pitch,” a concise introductory message about your professional self. It should define your skill sets, experience, and career hopes for the future. Your message should take about 60 seconds to deliver, the time it would take you to ride an elevator. Download the Elevator Pitch Career Tipsheet.
- Research your perspective employer using CDC Resources, the Gordon Library, Chambers of Commerce , corporate literature, career fairs, corporate information sessions, business newspapers and magazines and internet resources.
- Understand the interview process – The Job Interview provides you and the employer an opportunity to discuss your qualifications and to determine if a match with a position and the company can be made. As much as the interviewer wants to assess who you are and your qualifications, you also need to be doing the same. Download the Interview Process Career Tipsheet for more ways to prepare, what to bring and wear, questions you may be asked and more.
- Set up a Mock Interview with a CDC Staff Member – A CDC staff member will interview and videotape you and provide constructive feedback on how to improve your interviewing techniques. Contact the CDC.
Attend the Workshop “Interview Successfully and You Will Get Hired”
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You Got a Job Offer, Now What?
Once you receive a job offer, you need to evaluate the job, salary and benefits to determine if it is the right fit for you. You also want to compare it to other offers. Download the Understanding Job Offers and Negotiations Career Tipsheet that offers advice on knowing your worth and negotiating, accepting or declining the offer.