Resume & Interview Tips

Preparation is key to ensure you make a good impression.

Resume Tips

Interview Tips

  • Before the Interview

    • Do your research – learn about Purdue and the department your applying to.
    • Think ahead of what questions you have for the interviewer – write them down if you wish.
    • Review your resume, work history and accomplishments to prepare for questions you may be asked.
  • Day of the Interview

    • Be on time for your interview (phone or in person).
    • Ensure that you make a positive first impression.
    • Be honest, thorough and specific when answering questions.
    • If you do not understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or re-word.  It is okay to take your time with answering difficult questions.


  • After the Interview

    • You are welcome to follow up the interview with a thank you note.  
    • Prepare a list of references, and make sure your references know that you are using them as a reference.

Interview Types

  • STAR - Situation, Task, Action, Result.

    Behavioral Interview

    • Behavioral interview questions can be used in any type of interview (email, phone, in-person, etc.).
    • Use the STAR Method.
    • Keep in mind, interviewers are looking for past actions only; instead of predicting what you might do in a given situation.
    • Be honest – Don’t embellish or omit any part of the story.
  • Phone Interview

    • Find a quiet space where you will be able to hear the interviewer well and have no distractions.
    • Research and familiarize yourself with the company/department.
    • Prepare answers for sample interview questions/prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Virtual Interview

    • Check technical equipment, test the sound/connection, and do a test run with a friend (if possible).
    • Dress professionally and be aware of your body language.
    • Find a quiet space where you will be able to hear the interviewer well and have no distractions.
  • Panel Interview

    • Try to find out who will be on the panel in advance so that you can bring a copy of your resume for each interviewer.
    • Engage with all interviewers as you are answering questions.
    • Try to learn everyone’s name (it’s okay to take notes).

Virtual Interview Tips

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