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  • Undergraduate Job Search Preparation

    Informational Interviews

    Some students may wish to pursue career paths in industries where they have never worked. Informational interviews help students get information about a particular field from someone who has firsthand knowledge. An informational interview, however, is not the time to ask for a job (This is not to say that an informational interview cannot ultimately lead to a job.). In addition to helping you learn about a type of work, the informational interview is a way to start building your “professional network.”

    Here's another way an informational interview can benefit you: If you have never interviewed for a job or it has been awhile since you did, the informational interview can provide a non-threatening way to get some practice. Think of it as a dress rehearsal. It will also help build your self-confidence, an essential element in job success.

    To find a contact for an informational interview, try your social network. Ask friends, relatives and neighbors for suggestions. You should also contact your career advisor who can assist you in finding relevant Monroe alumni who would be willing to meet with you.


    Your resume is a summary of your qualifications for a specific type of work and a marketing tool to land an interview. The resume should reflect who you are and what you have to offer an employer. It should be honest, positive, concise and easy to read. The resume should help answer the employer’s question: “Of all the resumes we received, why we should bring you in for an interview.”

    There is no single “perfect” resume format or style. An effective resume will:

    • stress your accomplishments and achievements
    • describe your skills and abilities for the kind of work you want
    • indicate your career path
    • create a favorable impression about you
    • be easy to read, concise and professional-looking
    • communicate that you are a focused person who knows how to get a job done

    We strongly suggest you come to the Office of Career Services and meet with your career advisor so together you can ensure you have a polished resume, essential in landing an interview.


    If you are invited for an interview, then your cover letter and resume have already convinced the employer that you could be the right candidate. Your task during the interview is to strengthen that impression. You will be expected to demonstrate your confidence, professionalism and ability to do the job. Interviews have three basic stages: before the interview, during the interview and after interview. Preparing for each stage will increase your chances for success.

    • Before the Interview: Research and Practice, Practice, Practice 
      First, “research” yourself; be ready to tell a complete, detailed story about each of your positive qualities and past accomplishments. For example, expect to be asked about your teamwork skills. Have an example ready about a time you worked well within a group and produced good results. Have a number of stories in your mind that are drawn from more than one experience.

      Second, research the company; learn about what the company, government agency or organization does. Also, try to learn more about the department the job is based in. Research also prepares you for the inevitable final stage of the interview, when you are expected to ask a few questions about the organization and why you are so interested in working there.

      When asked “why should we hire you,” are you prepared to ‘sell yourself?’ Are you ready to tell the interviewer why, of all the people that have been interviewed, you should be the one they select?

      Take time to sit down with a friend and practice. Your friend should ask you for an example ("prove it!") if you're being too vague. Finally, come to Career Services and ask your career advisor to give you a mock interview so you can judge whether you are prepared.

    • After the Interview: Thank you
      Send a thank you letter to the interviewer for their time and consideration, reaffirm your interest in the position/organization and include relevant information you may not have provided during the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, send separate letters to each.