Job Interviews

What is an interview?

The interview is the last step of the hiring process and the most important. It offers both you and the employer the opportunity to meet one another, exchange information and come to tentative conclusions about “hiring” one another. The interview is a two-way process. You evaluate the employer while he/she evaluates you.

Does ACC offer assistance with interviewing?

Yes! The Career Services Office at ACC provides mock interview and interview preparation resources for students. The purpose of a mock interview is to provide you with an opportunity to practice the interview and get direct experience responding to specific questions about what you want to do, why, and how your background has prepared you for the position.

The Career Services Office has partnered with Work Based Learning to offer ACC students a great interview resource. Click on the link below to register and get started!

Interview Preparation

Research the Employer:

Learn as much as you can about the company prior to going to the interview. Visit the company’s website and access any available company literature. Know the services, products and mission of the employer.

Research the position:

Find out as much as you can about the position. Analyze the position description, matching your experiences, interests, and abilities to the position. Talk with people who have worked in similar positions and research the typical salary range.

Know Yourself:

Know your resume inside and out, be able to discuss comfortably your qualifications, skills and abilities, and your personal goals and values. Write down your accomplishments and prepare concrete and specific examples of these. Anticipate questions that may be asked of you.

Know the Interview Format:

It is a good idea when scheduling an interview with an employer to ask with whom you will be interviewing, how long should you plan for the interview and what kind of format will it follow. Discovering this will help you prepare for and visualize your interviewing experience.

Create a List of Questions to Ask:

The questions you ask may reveal your level of interest in the position, the employer, and your preparedness for the interview. Ask questions that demonstrate a genuine interest in and knowledge of the company and position.