Interviews are a two-way street

Successful job candidates are those who best meet the needs of the employer and who market themselves effectively. While employers will evaluate your qualifications and will try to obtain information about you, interviewing is NOT a one-way street.

The truly sophisticated job hunter will look at the employer with a critical eye to determine how they will fit into that organization. In fact, you should be interviewing the employer, just as the employer is interviewing you.

The employer tries to determine if the candidate:

  • Will fit into the organization
  • Has the skills necessary for success on the job
  • Can and will do the job the well
  • Has potential for promotion

The job seeker considers these questions:

  • How would you fit into the organization? What will be expected of you?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the people you have met?
  • Do you like the work you will be expected to perform?
  • Do you believe in the products/services provided by the employer?
  • Do you see yourself reflected in the organization and in leadership?

Learn more about interview strategies:


OU students meet with recruiters in the TLCC for Career Fair 2022

Meet with potential employers at Career Fairs on campus.

Like trying on a new suit, you will know when the interview goes well and when an employment opportunity is right for you. It will just fit!

Most employers will be looking for the 8 NACE Competencies:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

If you can convey these characteristics to the employer throughout the interview, you are one step closer to a successful job search!