Interview Tips for Student Assistants
Working on campus IS a real job, with real obligations and responsibilities; no different than a job off campus. It is not a time to study and attendance is not optional.
If you receive a call from an SCF department supervisor asking you to come in for an interview, here are some things to keep in mind.
During an interview, a supervisor is trying to decide if you have the skills for the job and if you have the ability to work as part of a team. Most importantly, the supervisor is trying to determine your work ethic and if he/she will be able to supervise you. This is your opportunity to impress.
- An interview could take 30 minutes or more so don't schedule it too near the start
of a class.
- When you set the interview appointment, write down the date, time and location along with the interviewer's name and phone number.
- Be on time- arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled appointment.
- A late arrival may appear to be indicative of a pattern of tardiness
- Dress appropriately-dress should be clean & not too casual, no flip flops or tube tops
- Listen carefully to the questions.
- Speak clearly and answer the question concisely and to the point
- No one-word answers—elaborate
- Draw your answers from your education, skills, and work/life experience.
- Be prepared to discuss your skills and what you can do to help the office/lab be successful
- Pay attention to your body language.
- Offer a handshake, sit up straight, make eye contact and smile
- Do YOU have any questions?
- Be prepared with questions about the job and your responsibilities.
- It is best to clear up scheduling conflicts or potential transportation issues at the interview and not after you have started the job.
- Be professional-don't discuss your personal life.
- Thank your interviewer for the opportunity to interview. Follow up with a thank you note within two days.
- An interview could take 30 minutes or more so don't schedule it too near the start of a class.