On April 23rd, 2013 at the MPH Career Panel, Tuck VanDyne, Chief, Office of Women’s Health at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services gave students suggestions for interviewing.
- Be familiar with your resume
- Come prepared. Research the business, State Department, or program so you can be prepared to associate your education or experience to the position. Also, research some of the agencies terminology/acronyms. It will also help you ask appropriate questions.
- Practice interviewing with professors or fellow students. Many state agencies have 2 – 4 people in an interview.
- Wear professional clothing when interviewing.
- Think before you answer a question to prevent rambling, repetitive or inappropriate responses.
- Bring a notebook, pen or iPad to write key words in questions if you are nervous. Some questions may have 2-3 parts to it. Also, feel free to ask the interviewer to repeat the questions and you can repeat it back to them if in doubt.
- Use good posture and lean a bit forward. Slouching in the chair or lounging back gives the impression you are not engaged.
- Use eye contact.
- Google interview questions on the internet to give you a general idea of interviewing. It also can help you focus.
- Come with questions of your own i.e. In order for me to be successful in this position what kind of skill do I need? Or, What are the top three skill you are looking for in this position? Ask questions about what management skills are practiced in the organization, what does a normal day look like, what kind of activities am I going to be doing or what roles will I perform?
- RELAX! Remember the interview is as much about you interviewing them as they interviewing your. It is as important that you feel this is a good fit for you as it is for them to determine if you are a good fit for them.
Have more questions about interviewing contact MPHGSA, your faculty advisor, or a member of the MPH staff to review your resume or schedule a mock interview.