Interviews and Job Offers

Successful Interviewing

Interview stress is normal; combat it through preparation and practice. Remember, the employer has seen your resume and cover letter and is interested enough to want to meet you — you’ve already made the first cut. However, it is typically the candidate who does the best job of presenting themselves who gets the job offer. Preparation will better enable you to effectively present yourself and your qualifications as they relate to the position.

Practice

One of the best ways to set yourself up for success is through practice. Consider making an appointment with a career counselor to conduct a mock interview. This will allow you the opportunity to get the full experience in a supportive environment, where you can receive prompt feedback on your ability to answer standard interview questions, as well as your general presence.

Interview Checklist

Spend some time reviewing the complete interviewing section of the Career Handbook for more information on preparation, strategies for answering interview questions, and professional appearance.

After the Interview

Immediately following your interview, write down your impressions, including their questions and your answers, important dates, and any key information. This will keep you organized and help prepare you for future interviews.

Do not forget to send a thank-you note within 24 hours by email or standard mail. This can go a long way in making you stand out from the crowd. In your note, be sure to:

  • Thank them for their time and consideration
  • Remind them of the positive points discussed
  • Reiterate your qualifications and fit for the position
  • Reaffirm your desire to join the organization

Handling a Job Offer

Receiving a job offer can be extremely exciting and chances are that the call will catch you out of the blue. While it is up you to decide whether you want to accept on the spot, it often is best to simply say thank you with enthusiasm and add that you are delighted to consider their offer. 

  1. First, request the details of the offer in writing (salary, benefits, start date, etc.). 
  2. Next, ask how long you have to provide them your decision.  During this time, be sure to conduct additional research on the company, benefits/salaries for this type of position and weigh other factors.  The UNLV Libraries Career Resources Guide can be extremely helpful in this endeavor. If you feel that you need an extension, you may make this request, however the employer is not under obligation to fulfill it.
  3. Once you have reached your decision, contact the potential employer to inform them of your decision, preferably both in writing and by phone. Refer to the Career Handbook for sample letters.