Student Services

Interview Tips for Student Assistants

Working on campus IS a real job, with real obligations and responsibilities; no different than a job off campus.  It is not a time to study and attendance is not optional. 

If you receive a call from an SCF department supervisor asking you to come in for an interview, here are some things to keep in mind.

During an interview, a supervisor is trying to decide if you have the skills for the job and if you have the ability to work as part of a team. Most importantly, the supervisor is trying to determine your work ethic and if he/she will be able to supervise you. This is your opportunity to impress.

    • An interview could take 30 minutes or more so don't schedule it too near the start of a class.
      • When you set the interview appointment, write down the date, time and location along with the interviewer's name and phone number.
    • Be on time- arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled appointment. 
      • A late arrival may appear to be indicative of a pattern of tardiness
    • Dress appropriately-dress should be clean & not too casual, no flip flops or tube tops
    • Listen carefully to the questions.
      • Speak clearly and answer the question concisely and to the point
      • No one-word answers—elaborate
      • Draw your answers from your education, skills, and work/life experience.
      • Be prepared to discuss your skills and what you can do to help the office/lab be successful
    • Pay attention to your body language.
      • Offer a handshake, sit up straight, make eye contact and smile
    • Do YOU have any questions?
      • Be prepared with questions about the job and your responsibilities.
      • It is best to clear up scheduling conflicts or potential transportation issues at the interview and not after you have started the job.
    • Be professional-don't discuss your personal life.
    • Thank your interviewer for the opportunity to interview.  Follow up with a thank you note within two days.

Don't Do
  • Use slang
  • Be prepared
  • Forget to turn your cell phone off                   
  • Be on time
  • Interrupt
  • Sell yourself
  • Chew Gum!!
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