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Preparing for the interview

Mock Interviews — The CDO hosts an Alumni/Faculty Mock Interview program where faculty and alumni conduct mock interviews and provide detailed feedback to student participants. Students and graduates may also schedule mock interviews with a Career Advisor throughout the year, make an appointment with a Career Advisor by logging into McGeorgeCareersOnline (MCO).

Research employers — Employer websites contain a wealth of information that can help you tailor every aspect of your job search — from deciding to pursue opportunities there, all the way through interviewing, and deciding whether you want to accept an offer. /Documents/CDO/handout12.pdf

Dress for success,

Interviewing tips /Documents/CDO/handout3.pdf

Have follow up questions prepared to ask employers (Do you have any questions for us?)

After the interview

Thank you note — You already know that a thank you note should be sent within 24 hours of your interview. But what form should it take? And what should it say? While a hand written note on professional stationery is best, an email thank you note is acceptable when you know that your interviewer has a tight timeline for making a decision. Go beyond "it was nice meeting you and I enjoyed hearing about your firm" to mention an anecdote offered by your interviewer or something interesting you discussed--whether it was college basketball or recent developments in employment law. A good thank you note won't in and of itself get you the job, but it might be a tiebreaker. Failing to send a thank you note can put you in the "never mind" pile. /Documents/CDO/thankYouNotes.pdf

How to follow up after the interview

What to expect at a callback interview — A callback interview is an indication of significant interest on the employer's part. You should feel confident going into the call back that you already have made a positive impression. The employer has decided, in essence, that you can do the work and that you appear to fit the office culture. /Documents/CDO/handout14.pdf