Interviewing-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University


Once you have identified a job that is of interest to you, call or send an email to the contact person listed to confirm the availability of the job and to schedule an interview. The application and interview process differs among student jobs. Some supervisors may request that you send a resume prior to the interview, or they may inform you that you will need to complete an employment application when you arrive for the interview.

The interviewer will try to establish rapport and break the ice. Your goal is to:
• Establish a positive first impression
• Demonstrate confidence, enthusiasm, and positive attitude
• Actively make an effort to connect with the interviewer

Remember that your ability to communicate is one key factor on which you will be rated. Student job interviews are often fairly informal. However, while on an interview, you should:
Dress appropriately
• Conduct yourself in a professional manner
• Provide accurate information regarding your skills, past work experiences, and/or professional references (if requested)

Supervisors usually address the following topics during a student job interview:
• Responsibilities of the job
• Pay rate for the job
• Job requirements (skill set, experience, etc.)
• Training required to perform the job
• Start date and length of employment
• Number of hours per week required for the job and available schedule
• Reference information (a prospective employer may request that you provide this information before you are hired for the job)

By the end of the interview, you should know:
• What the responsibilities of the job are
• What the pay rate for the job is
• What type and length of training is required to perform the job
• Your work schedule for the current semester
• Your start date and length of employment

Feel free to ask questions if you would like more information on any aspect of the job. At the end of the interview, take the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and inquire about the next step in the selection process. You can also find some helpful tips on interviewing in the Career Success Guides of the Career Center website.