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University of Washington School of Public Health

Job Interviews

What is an interview?

An interview is a chance for you and the interviewer to assess how well you might fit with the organization and the position.

How should I prepare for an interview?

Preparation is the key to a good interview — you need to do your research. Before showing up for the interview, make sure to be familiar with the company or organization. Go beyond just poking around a website- find out about the organization’s mission, read annual reports and brochures, search for media articles, and learn about the community you will be working in.

Job interview tips:

  • Practice makes perfect — prepare for your interview by practicing answering questions.
  • Never show up late for an interview.
  • Dress appropriately for the workplace and position you are seeking.
  • Come prepared. Bring extra copies of your resume, a list of references, a pen, paper, and any forms you are required to fill out (such as an application).
  • Be honest.
  • Always follow-up the interview with a thank you note.

What will I be asked at the interview?

Interviewers may ask several types of questions to get an idea about your strengths and fit with the organization.

Interview Questions and How to Answer Them