Alpha Kappa Psi Interview Tips
Congratulations, you got the interview.
But what’s next? You look great on paper, but we need to see who you really are. Here are some tips that may be helpful to you when preparing for your interview!
1. Know your Resume
If you put something on your resume, that means that the position or honor was something that meant a lot to you. You should be able to explain everything on your resume and bring up your past experiences. Sometimes, people have a lot of great activities and positions on their resume, but they can’t explain how that experience impacted them or how they contributed in that role. This is not a technical interview, you just need to know yourself!
If you need help with your resume, the Business Career Center at UIC is a great resource to check out! Advisors provide insights on what to put on your resume to gain the attention of hiring recruiters. We also recommend resume generators like Novoresume that have a few templates that can be downloaded for free!
2. Think Positive
We understand that people get nervous for interviews. It happens to the best of us. Try to stay optimistic and don’t get too anxious. If you need a moment to think about an answer, don’t hesitate to say, “I need a moment.” Answering questions on your feet can be difficult, but we want you to try and communicate what you’re feeling as best as you can. You made it this far into the recruitment process, so you must have what it takes to become a Brother. If you feel like you may not have enough experience or knowledge to answer a question, express your interest in learning more about that topic. It’s okay if you don’t have your whole life plan figure out, nobody does! Stay true to you, be appropriate, and sell yourself!
3. Ask Questions
This interview is not only a chance for us Brothers to get to know you better as an individual, but for you to find out more about our fraternity. You can ask us questions about specific professional events we host, or some philanthropic work we do. Besides rush week, the interview is a great way to get an insight on how brothers feel about being in the fraternity.
4. Dress Business Professional
Every organization has a different definition of “business professional” attire, so do some research on what to wear/avoid. Following the dress code may seem like a small factor in the interview process, but wearing the wrong outfit can be hurt your chances in ANY interview. Here’s a few pointers to keep in mind when preparing for your interview!
Dress pants/skirt/dress with blazer
Blazer and pants/skirt should match
Dress shirt for top (no puckered buttons)
Tie/bowtie required (for men)
Conservative colors, preferably black, grey or navy (solids or pinstripes only) for suiting
Dress socks required (for men)
Dress shoes required for men
Belt should match dress shoe color
Lastly, sound confident in your answers and have strong eye contact. Remember to have a firm handshake and dress professionally. The only true way to really be good at interviews is to practice. Practice your handshakes, maybe answer some practice interview questions in the mirror. Look at your resume and think about any leadership positions you have had or activities that you were a part of. Questions during the interview are introspective – we want to know more about you. You should have a good sense of your work ethic and what your personality is like. Nobody knows yourself better than you do, so make sure that shows.
We’re all very excited to meet you and get to know our future pledge class. This is a learning experience and chance for you to own your future. So... let’s get to it!
Author: Brother Megan Mehta