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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!

Alumni Perspectives: The Importance of Job Fairs

With the upcoming career fairs taking place in the coming weeks, we thought a little alumni perspective on the importance of attending career fairs would help to get you all in the right mindset!


Thsthea Lunnon
Steinhardt 2006

From  NYU to Corporate America. I cannot believe it’s been almost 6 years since I crossed the stage at Radio City. I didn’t know it then but I hadn’t really prepared myself for what was to come. Although born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; when I got to NYU seemed like a foreign world, a world I never knew existed. And back in 2004, when I was just a shy transfer student commuting to this new world, I had an abundance of fear and apprehension. Which isn’t uncommon for college students but It was these same inhibitions that caused me to miss out on some of the wonderful opportunities that Student Life offers. Opportunities that would’ve helped me shape my career a lot faster. But que sera, sera I’m finally starting to figure it out one step at a time. The first thing I learned late…attend job fairs.

“Job Fairs…on my day off?!”
Yes, as tempting as it is to relax, go to Bobst or just lounge around. Its just as important to attend these fairs. But why? I don’t want to work in Finance? Its not even geared towards my degree. Two words: “Human Contact”.

No, not the germ swapping nurovirus contacting type of human contact. Rather, the kind that leads to business cards, meet and greets, mentors and possible jobs. These job fairs are filled with companies, big and not so big, looking for fresh meat. Five years in training and development has shown me the effort these companies put into these fairs. They are eager to make “contact” with students.

Sure, its not a guaranteed job. However, you’re at least guaranteed a business card – what you do with that card is entirely up to you. After sending a “nice to have met you” or “thank you for your time” email, you’ve established a line of communication. This can lead to potential jobs, someone to bounce ideas off of, or other connections.

So don’t limit yourself to things just geared towards your major, who knows where you’ll be five years from now. You never how far a little “human contact” can take you.