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How to “Wow” Your Interviewer

Claudia Enriquez is a second year student receiving her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. She currently works as a Graduate Program Assistant at NYU Wasserman. She is a New Yorker at heart, growing up in Long Island, then moving to upstate New York to attend college, and now she’s back downstate and enjoying her time at NYU.

You landed the interview, now it’s time to bring out your A game and really ‘wow’ your interviewer. Follow these simple steps below and prepare to land that dream job/internship!

Research, Research, Research

Did I mention research? Check out the company’s website. Review the company’s mission statement, values, culture, goals, achievements, recent events, and the company’s products/services.  If you know anyone who works there – ask him/her to give you the inside scoop!

Practice Makes Perfect…Or at least Preparation!

Be prepared to the job interview. Practice general and challenging interview questions with your peers.  Practice in front of a mirror – don’t be shy! The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel, which will come off during the interview.  While you should practice, be authentic during the actual interview.

NYU Wasserman has plenty of great career resources.  Swing by during walk-in hours for a mini mock interview, or make an appointment with a career counselor. You can find other helpful resources on CareerNet, under the Career Resources tab. Check it out!

Get Ready and Be on Time

The night before do the following:

  • Have your outfit picked out (rule of thumb: dress one or two levels up)

  • Pack your bag

  • Print out extra copies of your resume

  • Get directions to your destination (Check alternative routes)

  • Relax and have a good night’s sleep

The day of the big interview give yourself enough time to arrive. Arrive between 5-7 minutes early. If you’re too early walk around, grab some water, etc. As soon as you walk through the door, all eyes are on you – that means, be polite to everyone, from the receptionist to the person interviewing you.  Remember to put on your best smile!

How to Answer Questions During the Interview?

During the interview make eye contact and answer questions with confidence.  Use the STAR method:

  • Situation – Describe the situation you were in (e.g., the name of the internship or course you were taking)

  • Task – Identify the specific project you were working on and briefly discuss what it entailed

  • Action – This is the most important element! Specifically identify what YOUR action was related to the question that was asked

  • Result – Close the question by stating an outcome to your situation

If you ever find yourself stuck on a question, that’s okay! Say to the interviewer ‘that’s a good question, let me think about it.’ Pause, breathe, think, and then give your answer.

Ask Meaningful Questions

At the close of the interview, the interviewer will always ask if you have any questions for them.  Have about 5-10 questions prepared, but of course, don’t ask questions already answered during the interview.

Below are good examples of what to ask the interviewer.

  1. What qualities do you think are most important for someone to excel in this position?

  2. What do you personally like most about working for this company?

  3. What would be one of the greatest challenges a person in this position would face?

  4. Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be working with?

  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Follow Up

Send a thank you email or a letter to your interviewer(s) 24-48 hours after the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, send tailored individual thank you notes. Reiterate your strengths and your interest in the company. This is also an opportunity to add anything you did not discuss during the interview. As always, thank them for their time and the opportunity.

Good luck!

Preparing for OCR Interviews EMPLOYER INSIGHTS Video Series

On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) is one of the many ways for NYU juniors, seniors, and graduate students to discover job and internship opportunities. Through OCR, employers come to the  Wasserman Center to interview students. In addition to participating in OCR, we recommend that you also attend our seminars, apply for positions via NYU CareerNet, attend career fairs, and meet with a career coach to help identify opportunities that are right for you.

This video will give you some insight on how to prepare for OCR interviews!

Want to learn more about On Campus Recruitment? Attend an upcoming OCR Orientation.

To see the full list, search OCR under the “Events” tab on NYU CareerNet

How to Tuesday: Adventures in OCR Interviews

There are two ways to show up for an On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) interview: calm, cool, and collected or panting, sweaty and flustered.  You’re going to be nervous either way, so let’s go over three easy ways to make sure you are looking and acting like yourself, not the stressed out and overheated version.

First, do a dry run to the Wasserman Center.  However long it takes you, add 20 minutes on interview day.  That way you will arrive with time to spare and you can enjoy our free coffee!

Second, try on your suit a week or two before your interview date. By doing so, you’ll know whether you need to get it dry cleaned, tailored, or if you need a new one all together.

Third, research the organization and position.  The more you know, the more comfortable and knowledgeable you will be in your interview.

Good luck!  Remember, the company is already interested in you because you’ve been invited to interview!

Follow Up Friday: Career Fairs, Interviews, and Diversity – OH MY!

We definitely kicked the semester into high gear this week. We managed to find the time to stop our heads from spinning to give you an inside look at what’s going on at the Wasserman Center.

Diversity Breakfast On Wednesday, the DICP program wrapped up its spring events with the annual Diversity Breakfast. Roughly 50 students attended and took the opportunity to interact with a wide array of employers, including City Year, Ernst &Young, Deloitte, BlackRock and many more wonderful organizations. It was a great way for students to learn about different opportunities and meet new people in a casual atmosphere.  Thanks to all students and employers who participated!

Spring Job & Internship Fair                                                                                   Over 100 employers flooded the Kimmel Center on Thursday for the Spring Job + Internship Fair. Students had an opportunity to explore job and internship opportunities unique companies including Apple, Christie’s, Dyson, idelli, Lincoln Center, Mars, McGraw-Hill, the Scripps Network, and UNIQLO, among others. Joining us from our Employer Partners were BlackRock, Citi, City Year, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Macy’s, Morgan Stanley, Peace Corps, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, and Teach for America.

OCR Interviews The highly anticipated Spring 2012 On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) season began Wednesday, February 1st. During the first week of recruitment employers interviewed over 850 students in 3 days. The 17 different companies holding interviews included Barclay’s Capital, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, UBS, Wells Fargo, Guggenheim Partners, and Nomura. In addition, with 6 information sessions serving hundreds of students each, and Recruiter-in-Residence informational interviews with companies such as Deloitte and the Central Intelligence Agency, the Wasserman Center strives to support the limitless potential of our students.

Attire for Successful Hire Sponsored by  Macy’s A few NYU students made their Wasserman Center modeling debut at this year’s Attire for Successful Hire. With Macy’s and our Peer Educators, we were able to discuss the do’s and dont’s of professional fashion. Remember, just because it’s in style doesn’t mean it’s in style for work!

@NYUWassEmployer Launch  Did you ever wonder what a typical day  is like at the job of your dreams? Since the Wasserman Center is so hip (yes, hip) with social media, we’ve added a new Twitter handle to help give you an inside look at different companies! Follow us at @NYUWassEmployer to see what’s going on at organizations like Macy’s, Nielsen, and MORE! Once a week a different employer will tweet his/her day in the life – find out if these jobs are for you by following along.

This week, we had City Year tweeting their day. Check out a recap that shows what it’s like to work in NYC’s public schools!

Missing out on these events? Make sure to subscribe to our listservs, and stay connected to us via social media! ttp://www.facebook.com/nyuwasserman?ref=tsttp://twitter.com/nyuwassermanttp://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1402097ttp://www.youtube.com/user/NYUWassermanCenter

Overheard at Wass: Cut (out) the Tension

On-Campus Recruitment is in full swing! Many of our juniors and seniors are breaking out their business suits and chugging coffee as they await their interview. Here’s how we can tell it’s officially recruitment season!


student 1: “wow its really tense over here”

student 2: “ya you can really cut it.”

student 3: “with a knife.”


We know this is a stressful time of year, but try to focus and relax before your interviews! You want employers to see you calm, cool, and collected. Focus on something pleasant. Like this puppy.  He really wants you to do well!  Don’t let him down!

Best of luck to all our students with interviews! We’re here to help if you need anything.

Follow Up Friday: What’s up at the Wass

The first week with students back led to crazy times here at Wass! We hope you had a fantastic first week back! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Resume Book Collection                                                                                               Thanks to everyone who was so patient with the long waits during walk-in hours this week! The mad rush was mostly for our Class of 2012 Resume Book Collection, which gives students in their final year at NYU a chance to submit their resume to various industry-area, digital resume books. Employers can then request these books and review them for full-time opportunities. Class of 2013, it’ll be your turn in May so stay on top of your Wassermail for updates!

OCR                                                                                                                            On-Campus Recruitment is in full swing! Class of 2012 or Class of 2013, make sure you attend an OCR Orientation to find out all about who’s recruiting at NYU, and how to get through the OCR process succesfully!

Spring on the Square                                                                                                Wasserman had a great time leading career-relatedwelcome week activities for all of our new NYU students who started this January.  As part of Spring on the Square, we tabled at Kimmel, presented a number of orientations (undergrad, grad, international students), and went on a few employer site visits.

At Citi we heard from a panel of recent grads and took a tour of the trading floor, at Bloomberg we were shown a demonstration of how the terminal works, and at Goldman Sachs we learned about myths of the finance world and were then quizzed on our knowledge. Overall, the week was a blast and we learned a lot about the career resources at Wasserman!

Want more info on what’s happening at Wass NEXT week? Check out our calendar of events!