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An interview is a time for the organization and the applicant to assess each other and to determine if the position is right for the applicant and if the applicant is right for the position. It can also be a very stressful time for applicants but being prepared will decrease the stress.
Before the Interview
  • Researching UC San Diego and/or the department conducting the interview shows your interest in the position.
  • Know the job description, your application and your resume well.
  • Know the location of the interview and who will be conducting the interview.
  • Research behavioral based questions and what answers you would provide.
  • If possible, have someone video you during a mock interview. This helps you to see if there are unconscious actions you display that may hinder the impression you want to give.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Turn off your mobile phone before the interview.
  • Arrive a little early for the interview. Anticipate possible traffic or parking issues. This also gives you a little time to take a deep breath and relax before the interview.
During the Interview
  • As you are introduced to the interviewers, indicate that you are pleased to meet them and to be invited for the interview.
  • Answer questions with a confident firm voice. Don’t mumble or talk too fast.
  • Be animated enough to show that you have a strong interest in the position.
  • Your answers should be more than one word or one sentence; but they should not be rambling dialogue either.
  • During the interview, show how your knowledge, skills and ability relate to the position and how your achievements at other companies can benefit UC San Diego.
  • Show how your professional values match the organizational values.
  • Do not lie or exaggerate.
  • Compose a list of questions for the interviewers that will help you make an informed decision on whether or not the position is right for you.
  • At the end of the interview, thank all the interviewers for their time.
  • Ask for their business cards to ensure you have their correct contact information and spelling of their name for when you send a thank you note.
After the Interview
  • Send a thank you note or email to the interviewers.
  • For follow-up status or questions, contact Human Resources before calling the department directly. Many supervisors/managers have minimal time to return emails or calls from multiple candidates.