In some instances employers will elect to perform an interview right on your college campus. This makes it not only easier for them as they are able to perform a number of interviews within a short span of time, but it also makes it easier and more convenient for you as you embark on your career search. An on-campus interview is a great opportunity to land a position even before you actually graduate. In order to enjoy the best success rate, you will need to make sure you know what employers are looking for and how to prepare before the interview.
In order to make the most of an on-campus interview, it is important to make sure that you have developed a job objective ahead of time that is focused. In most instances, you can expect the interviewer to ask you about the type of work that you would like to do after you graduate. If you respond that you are interested in an entry-level position, this indicates to the interviewer that you have a lack of focus and that can be detrimental to your career search. To help develop your career objective, consider what you like to do the most, what you do best and what you feel gives you the most personal satisfaction.
Keep in mind that the interviewer will also want to know other information about you as well. They may ask whether you consider yourself to be good at teamwork and whether you believe you are an effective communicator. They may also ask questions about your background and how it relates to your career objective. Your objective with this line of questioning is to prove a good first impression. Give some thought to these questions in advance and you will be able to provide far better answers.
Make sure you are able to discuss such capabilities as your work ethic, your interpersonal and communication skills, your experience with conflict resolution, your integrity and your decision making skills. Ideally, it is best if you are able to discuss past experiences and successes that relate to these areas. Even though you may not yet have any practical work experience in the career field that interests you, you can relate your experience to past projects, involvement in student organizations and professional societies.
It is also a good idea to prepare some questions that you can pose to the interviewer as well that will help you to determine whether the job in question will be a good fit for you. You might ask about corporate culture, work assignments, team structure, growth potential and new products and technology.
By taking the time to develop a plan ahead of time, you will be in a much better position to perform well during your next on-campus interview.