By Nick Kozisek
How to Ace an Interview: 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor
Arrive 10-15 minutes early
Bring a copy of your resume
Shake hands with the employer
- firm, not crushing
Ask at least a couple questions when given the option
- What are the responsibilities of this position?
- What are the key challenges or problems of this position?
- What aspect of this job would you like to see performed better?
Common Interview Questions
Tell me a little about yourself.
- Don't talk about your personal life
- Describe your work history
- Relate to your your work experience and the company
- Don't be boastful or modest
- Choose something that would be interesting to the employer
- Tailor your strength to the job
- Explain how the company can benefit by hiring you
- Compare your strengths and weaknesses to the job description
- Align your experiences with the company's needs
Why do you want to work here?
- Show genuine interest in the job
- Research the company's mission, goals, values, and benefits
- Be honest- no flattery
What do you know about us?
- Knowledge means effort, which means interest in the job
- Utilize the company's website
- Research the employer
Job Interview Tips - Job Interview Questions and Answers
Dressing for the Interview
- When in doubt, overdress
- Nothing flamboyant
Dress according to the job
- suit for business, work clothes for farming, etc.
What to Wear and What Not to Wear
Remember: when in doubt, go formal
Don't go casual
Don't be flamboyant