Communication Interviewing Tips
Estrella Romero, PhD
Assistant Professor/Communication Studies
Two Types of Interviews students might experience:
College Entrance Interviews: Interviews with prospective
colleges/universities to determine admission.
Internship/Job Interviews: Internships are usually for college credit and are
a requirement to graduate. Some are paid, and they are meant to allow
you to get “real-life” experience in your field/major.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Do your homework!!! Research
College Entrance: The school, the faculty, the programs, the cost,
time/years to complete, the jobs graduates obtain, their
Internships/Jobs: The company (its competitors), history, locations,
philosophy, mission, different jobs, their clients!
Prepare your portfolio. Bring spare copies. This should always be printed on
resume paper. Your portfolio should include the following:
References (these should be individuals who can speak to your
work ethic/performance. Do not include close relatives…former
instructors, coaches, bosses, supervisors are best.
Honors/Awards (in work or school)
Showcase of your work (if applicable). For example, design
sketches for someone seeking a fashion design position.
Check your social networks! According to Tiffany Hsu of the 2011 LA Times
Facebook, Twitter play role in college admissions
” many college
admission counselors as well as companies are checking applicants’
social network pages.
Research who may be interviewing you (Google search etc.)
Practice sample questions (See Sample Questions)
What if, I’ve never had a job before? Never underestimate the power of
volunteering, this shows that you give back to your community and can
use this to respond to interview questions. You don’t even have to
dedicate lots of hours, even 10 hours/month is better than nothing and will
give you experience in working with others.