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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

Profile of an OCR Success Story


On Campus Recruitment

Name: Manasa Reddy
School: NYU Stern
Full-time Job: Corporate Banking Analyst at Lloyds Bank
Industry: Banking

Best part about using OCR: Meeting with the company multiples times in order for you to get to know the company as well as the other way around.
What every student should know about OCR: You can study abroad for three semesters like I did and still be able to access OCR when you come back and be just as competitive.
OCR survival tip: Take advantage of the information sessions and be sure to schedule your interview immediately.

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. To obtain access to OCR, you must attend both a mandatory OCR Orientation and an Acing the Interview seminar (find upcoming dates and times on NYU CareerNet–> Seminars). After doing so, you will be able to view, apply to, and schedule interviews for OCR positions through the Jobs tab of your NYU CareerNet account. Learn more about OCR here.

On Campus Recruitment

Navigating OCR: Macy’s Inc.

Name: Pamela Sookram

Year: Senior, 2013
Faculty of Arts and Science
Global Liberal Studies and Spanish, Minor in Anthropology

Just a few months ago (November to be exact) I secured a dream job with one of the biggest companies in the Retail industry.  After an on-campus presentation, an OCR interview and a second-round “Super-day” at the HR offices, I received an offer to become part of the Bloomingdale’s family! Reflecting on the last several months, the Recruitment and interviewing process seems to have flown by, but I did learn a few invaluable tricks of the trade.  If you’re interested in learning a few useful tips, keep on reading.

The Power of “Hello”

I’ve never really been a shy person, but the thought of meeting someone who might be my future employer was a bit daunting.  I decided to bite the bullet and put my best foot forward by attending an information sessions that Macy’s Inc. (the “umbrella” that covers Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s) was holding on campus.  Unfortunately, as the date inched closer, I realized that I had a school conflict during the presentation time.  I decided that no matter what, I’d meet with someone from the company and showed up to the presentation 15 minutes early.  There, I had the chance to speak with the Bloomies recruiter.  I introduced myself and although we only chatted for 5 minutes or so, I made a connection that ultimately landed me an interview (and a job offer!).  Some might say it sounds cliché, but the skill of networking is a skill for a reason; start developing it today! It never hurts for people to know your name, especially in the world of recruiting where employers interview thousands of students for only a few positions.

Know Your Company…and Show It!

After Bloomies invited me for a first-round OCR interview, I secured a time slot and started prepping a week in advance.  I researched the company’s website, any posts specifically about campus recruiting, any news articles about current events in the company, basically anything I could get my hands on that would tell me more about Bloomingdale’s.  During my interview, I tied key points (the slogan, core values, and points from the job description) into my responses to really drive home my examples and let the interviewers know that I had done my research.  It also didn’t hurt that I wore a red shirt (one of the Macy’s colors!); one of my interviewers noted that the pop of color was a nice touch.  Doing your research and sprinkling bits of the company—whether it’s the slogan or the company’s colors—into your responses on the interview day shows that you’d be willing to commit 110% and can only make you look like an even better candidate. I mean, hey, it must be a good thing if it got me a Super-day invitation!

Smile and Be Genuine

The more nervous I am, the more I smile. Needless to say, my face was stuck in smile formation during the days leading up to my Super-day.  Thankfully, smiles often convey confidence and a welcoming personality, traits that speak volumes in the Retail industry. I had a month to prepare, so I reviewed all of the information that I’d studied for my first-round and formulated new questions that I planned to ask each of my 3 interviewers.  Despite all of my preparation, I was still caught off-guard when my second interviewer asked me, “What has your favorite assignment been and what did you learn from it?” I had to think on my feet, and said the first and most memorable project that came to mind: an ethnography on Hooters girls.  Yes, it seems a bit unorthodox to bring up Hooters in an interview, but the interviewer chuckled and asked to hear more about it.  I took a risky chance, but in the end, he appreciated my honesty and my story about Hooters girls’ culture left a lasting impression.          

So after all of the interviews, networking and nervous smiling, I’ve excitedly accepted a job offer for the Executive Development Program.  I’m excited to start in August, less than a year after I started job hunting! And to think…It all started with a simple introduction. I wish you nothing but the best in the interviewing process and a successful, offer-filled recruitment season!

Join Macy’s tomorrow at 7:00 PM at the Wasserman Center to learn more about Macy’s and the different functions across Macy’s and Bloomingdales. This is a great opportunity to network with potential employers and to learn more about the industry in an interactive setting.

RSVP through NYU CareerNet!