Campus Hiring – Tips & Tricks
Spontaneity can be an asset during an interview, but it’s no substitute for being prepared. The more prepared you are, the more confidence you’ll project, and the more you’ll shine. Here are few tips that can help improve you competitive edge and increase your chances for getting hired.
- Your school’s career center should have materials on successful interviewing techniques and common interview questions. Think through your responses and practice them out loud. Ask a friend or family member to role play and “interview” you.
- Do your homework on ConocoPhillips. Study our website and research recent industry news from external sources. Learning about our business reflects your interest and commitment.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your coursework, your role on projects and prior work experience. Also be ready with some examples that demonstrate your problem-solving skills.
- Dress appropriately. It will have a positive effect on your confidence and make a good first impression.
- Bring extra resumes and a way to take notes. Pen and paper are preferred over mobile devices.
- Leave your phone in your car or make sure it is turned off. You don’t want any distractions.
- Be punctual. It’s a fundamental sign of respect and will start your interview out on the right foot.
- Plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early. It will give you time to check on your appearance, review your notes, relax a bit and grab a glass of water (which is perfectly acceptable to bring into the interview).
- Know enough about us to ask relevant questions. Interviews are a two-way street. We enjoy being asked questions that show genuine interest In ConocoPhillips.
- Send a thank you note via email as a professional courtesy. All candidates being equal, sincerely expressing your appreciation could tip the scales in your favor.