Interview Skills

Interview Tips and Tricks

The importance of an effective interview cannot be overstated. Most employers view interviews as the most influential part of the hiring process. Whether you are interviewing in person or virtually, your interview gives you the opportunity to make a great impression with human resources, the hiring manager, and possibly your future coworkers. The first 20 seconds of your interview is the most crucial, so dress professionally, maintain eye contact, and be confident. And don't forget to provide an additional copy of your resume and cover letter.

Another key element of being able to interview effectively is preparation. Always research the organization and position thoroughly before your interview. You never want to get stuck on an easy question that could have been answered with a little more prep time. Your research will also pay off when you are given the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Another important tip in preparing for your interview is to review your own resume. Nothing says ill-prepared like someone who can't remember what's on their own resume. Know the organization, know the position, and know yourself.

Get Help Preparing for Your Interview

The career services department at AIMS is available to all students and graduates for one-on-one interview sessions. Whether you're an interview veteran or this is your first job search, these one-on-one sessions can be tailored to your individual needs. Our team will provide tips and tricks for effective interviews, review common and challenging interview questions, conduct mock interviews, and help you prepare for your first, or next, interview. We want our graduates to have the confidence to not only succeed clinically, but also professionally.

To request help with your interview skills, please call 908-222-0002, Ext. 557 or email The career services team is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, and can assist you via phone, in person, or virtually. In addition to one-on-one sessions, the career services department conducts a career orientation for all current students prior to internship, or graduation.