Student Employment  >  Tips for getting the Job

Creighton's Career Center, located in Harper Center suite 2015,can help you hone your resume writing and interviewing skills.  Set up an appointment with them today!

Do's and Don'ts ... for effective job interviewing:

DO's:

  • Convey interest in the job position
  • Have some basic knowledge about what the company does, how long it has been in operation etc.
  • Review your qualifications mentally
  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Go alone
  • Use direct eye contact but don't stare
  • Be prepared to think on your feet
  • If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, notify the interviewer immediately; ask to reschedule
  • Bring an updated resume
  • When filling out the application, answer all questions, don't indicate "refer to resume."
  • Check your spelling!!!
  • If hired,  be prepared to show, in perosn, a valid photo ID and an ORIGINAL document that proves you are eligible to work in the United States.  Some commonly acceptable documents are: Social Security card, birth certificate, US Passport.  Scroll to the last page of the  I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form  for a complete list of acceptable documents.

DON'Ts:

  • Be passive or overly aggressive
  • Ramble
  • Worry about momentary silence
  • Answer an open-ended question with a "yes/no" and nothing else
  • Underestimate the interviewer
  • Criticize former employers/companies
  • Indicate that you have no idea what you what to do, but you need a job
  • Interview the interviewer

Some of  the WORST questions asked by applicants:

  • Who gets the frequent flier miles?
  • Can you tell me about your retirement plan?
  • The job description mentions weekend work. Do I really have to do that?
  • What does your company do?
  • What does your company consider a good absenteeism record?
  • Do you have free parking?

 Here are some better questions:

  • Could you describe what a typical day or week on the job might be like?
  • At my level, what type of working relationship would I have with people from other areas of the firm?
  • Is this position available because of growth in the company or has
    someone recently left the position?
  • Why is this position important to the company?
  • You seem so excited about the company. How did your career develop here?

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