Prepare for Interviews

Know the basics.
  • Verify where and when the interview is. Be sure you have directions for getting there and account for rush hour traffic, construction or other delays when making your travel plans. 
  • Know the name and title/position of your interviewer if possible. Being familiar with the names ahead of time will make it easier to connect in person and it will also give a more personal touch to the thank you notes you write following the interview. 
  • It is okay to ask for the type of interview to expect (i.e., panel, behavioral, case, etc.)

 


 

Access KU Career Connections

To take advantage of all features -- including signing-up for on-campus interviews -- follow the registration steps below.

Step 1

Login with your KU online ID and password. (This is the same login information used for Enroll & Pay or myKU.)

Step 2

Fill out the registration form. Please read the code of conduct and answer "yes" or "no." (Use of the system is a privilege that may be revoked if you fail to comply to the code of conduct.) If you answer "yes" to the "Authorization Verification," your account should be unlocked within 24 hours. If you mark "no," you will still be able to login to KU Career Connections, but will not have access to all its features. 

Please allow one business day for processing. When your registration is approved, you will be able to sign-up for on-campus interviews and access the full range of KU Career Connections features.

 

Remember to practice.
You can schedule an appointment for a mock interview at the Engineering Career Center.

Dress like you mean business.
You can find pictures of what to wear to interviews on the Engineering Career Center Pinterest profile. We have boards for both men's professional attire and women's professional attire.

Women

Business Professional
  • Two-piece matching suit in navy, dark gray or black (Pinstripes, pants or skirted suits are acceptable).
  • Skirts must be at least knee length.
  • Hosiery should be of a neutral color or slightly darker (no patterns) and always be worn with skirts.
  • Wear conservative jewelry and makeup.
  • Nail polish should be in a clear or subtle shade.
  • Wear only one earring per ear.
Business Casual
  • Dress pants/skirts should be worn with a blouse in a solid color or conservative print; sweater sets are suitable.
  • Skirts should be knee-length and should not be tight; slits to facilitate walking are acceptable; slits to show off your legs are not. 
  • Blazers can be worn.
  • Larger casual jewelry can be worn if it is conservative and not distracting.
  • Hosiery should be of a neutral color or slightly darker (no patterns) and always be worn with skirts.
  • Wear shoes that you can walk in, but avoid overly chunky heels/platforms; Flats or low heels are appropriate (closed-toe and heel).
  • No cleavage (on either end!)
  • No tank tops, belly shirts, jeans, flip flops, capri/crop pants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, etc.

 

Men

Business Professional
  • Two piece matching suit in navy, dark gray or black (pinstripes are acceptable).
  • Ties should be conservative and not flashy.
  • Socks should cover the calf and be a dark color to match your suit. 
  • Wear a plain white t-shirt underneath a light-colored dress shirt.
Business Casual
  • Button-down shirts and dark or khaki colored dress pants are recommended
  • Solid-colored v-neck or crew neck sweaters are appropriate
  • Avoid shirts with loud prints.
  • Belt and dress shoes should match and be polished and professional-looking.
  • Sport coats and blazers can be worn.
  • Wear socks that are dark in color and high enough to cover the leg when seated.
  • No athletic shoes, flip flops, cargo pants, sweatshirts, jeans, t-shirts, shorts etc.
  • Wear minimal jewelry. Only wear watches and/or one ring per hand. 
 

Resources for Interviewing in Academia


 

KU Career Connections is an online platform to connect KU job seekers and prospective employers.


 

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