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Acing the Job Interview

Interviewing can be a stressful experience –– but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation tools, interviewing can be an insightful way to discover what job is right for you, whatever stage you are at in your career.

These resources from the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association will prepare you for even the toughest interview questions. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone looking for your first career job, these materials below will help you land your first job, change career paths or get that promotion.


The interview is one of the most important phases of the job search process. It is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.

The goal of interviewing

  • Communicate information about yourself, your experience, your skills and your abilities as they relate to the position
  • Seek further information about the job and the organization
  • Evaluate the match between your needs and what the job offers

How to answer interview questions

Think through possible questions that the interviewer might ask and practice your answers. Click here for samples of questions you can use to prep for an interview:

Before your interview, research the company, job description and your industry. Incorporate your findings into your responses to questions in the interview, showing your experience in relation to the job, company, and industry. Use these tips from the Internship and Career Center to prepare.

Show your experience through examples of previous work and project experience. Your goal is to show the employer how hiring you will tackle their obstacles.

Questions to ask in an interview

Have questions prepared for the end of the interview. Ask questions related to the position and company like:

  • What are the top successes and challenges that previous employees have had in this role?
  • What does a typical day look like in this role?
  • Do not ask questions about salary or benefits. These questions should be saved for when an offer is made.

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