Our in-person Undergraduate Drop-In Hours for a resume or cover letter review will start back up on Tuesday, September 6 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please come by our Career & Professional Development Office at the Science Library, G50!

Prepare for an Interview/Negotiate an Offer

Got an interview? Awesome! We’re here to help prepare you for the big day. Make an appointment with us for a practice interview or to talk about general practices.

Things to think about as you prepare for the interview:

  • Before the Interview 

    preparing with a laptop

    • Think about how to answer BOTH General and Behavioral Interview Questions.
    • Prepare and practice interview questions with Big Interview!
    • Research the company or organization as much as possible– read their website mission and goals, online reviews, LinkedIn profile, any pertinent news articles about them.
    • Be sure to come up with at least 5-6 questions to ask the employer for the end of the interview.
    • Pick out a professional, business attire to wear whether it’s for an in-person or virtual interview. Be sure to check out Purple Threads available on campus!
    • If it’s an in-person interview, be sure to figure out directions on how to arrive and what time you need to leave your home by. If it’s a virtual interview, be sure your camera and/or any other programs are working properly.
  • Day of the Interview 

    UAlbany student interview

    • Don’t be late to your interview! Aim to be 15 minutes early for an in-person interview, 3-5 minutes early for a virtual interview.
    • Smile and make good contact with the interviewer. Be polite and make friendly small talk with everyone you meet!
  • After the Interview

    thank you ipad

    • Be sure to send the employer a thank you email for their time and consideration. If you interviewed with multiple people, send an email to all of those involved. In the email, include what you were able to learn about the company/organization during the interview. Reinforce any specific skills/experience that you have that are related to the job. This can be an opportunity to provide information you weren’t able to share during the interview.

What to Say When Negotiating Salary in a Job Offer

If you don’t ask, then you can’t get the salary you deserve. Here’s exactly what to say when negotiating during a job offer.

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/the-exact-words-to-use-when-negotiating-salary-in-a-job-offer

By Cathy Parker (She/Her)
Cathy Parker (She/Her) Associate Director of Career Education
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How to Handle Inappropriate Interview Questions

Interviews can be stressful. It’s important to prepare so you can highlight your skills and abilities in a meaningful way. Additionally, understanding what questions are illegal and/or don’t require an answer is equally important. Read the below article to discover …

By Jessica Pugliese (she/her)
Jessica Pugliese (she/her) Career Advisor
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4 Salary Negotiation Tips (Including Sample Scripts)

Negotiating your salary can be one of the most stressful parts of the job search process—but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re well prepared to negotiate, you’ll relieve yourself of nearly all your negotiation stress. So, here are four …

By Natalie Fisher - Firsthand
Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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34 Sample Questions to Ask During a Full-Time Job Interview

Unsure how to respond when an interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for me?” Click the link to read thoughtful answers to that question:  https://joinhandshake.com/blog/students/34-sample-questions-to-ask-during-a-full-time-job-interview/

By Jessica Pugliese (she/her)
Jessica Pugliese (she/her) Career Advisor
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Create an Elevator Pitch for Job Fairs

When you speak with Recruiters at a Job Fair, a question often asked is, “Tell me about yourself.” As there are many participants who attend Job Fairs, you won’t have a lot of time to speak with a …

By Megumi Kim (she/her)
Megumi Kim (she/her) Career Advisor
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Contact & Location

Phone
(518) 437-4900
Address

Science Library - G50
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

CPD Service Hours

Office Hours Undergraduate Drop-ins
M 8:30 - 5:00 12:00 - 4:00
T 8:30 - 5:00 12:00 - 4:00
W 8:30 - 5:00 12:00 - 4:00
TH 8:30 - 5:00 12:00 - 4:00
F 8:30 - 5:00 12:00 - 4:00