Interview Tips

Build a Quality Resume

  • Organize your information
  • Highlight your strengths & experiences - include the extra skills you've gained along the way
  • PROOF it! Clerical errors can be costly
  • Prepare for the Interview

Find out as much as you can about Harding Martin from:

  • Our web site & brochures
  • Your placement office
  • Your Faculty
  • Other students & Harding Martin employees

Be interested!

  • Check out books & videos on interviewing skills & appearance
  • Review examples of questions likely to be asked of you
  • Why public accounting
  • Why Harding Martin
  • What subjects did you enjoy most, least
  • Grades & achievements
  • Other university activities
  • Work experience - how has it prepared you
  • Long-term career goals
  • Practice answering those questions
  • Be prepared with questions you should ask of Harding Martin
  • Firm growth
  • Industry trends
  • Variety of experienceAverage promotion time
  • Work atmosphere
  • Salaries
  • Organize your thoughts
  • Attend pre-interview functions:  career fairs & socials
  • Introduce yourself
  • Ask questions
  • Show interest
  • Gain experience
  • Interview with other public firms & companies
  • Improve your skills
  • Widen your perspective

The Harding Martin Interview

What the interviewer is looking at:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Verbal & nonverbal skills
  • Study & work habits
  • Degree of interest in firm
  • Your appearance

Look professional

  • Dress professionally
  • Look neat and clean
  • Maintain good eye contact & have a firm handshake
  • Focus on the interview & interviewer
  • Be yourself - we expect you to be nervous!
  • Get a good night's sleep

Your role

  • Ask questions
  • Try to decide if this is the type of firm you want to work for
  • Remember eye contact & your body language express your self-confidence
  • Don't be shy about your accomplishments
  • Be positive about yourself but also...
  • Be honest
  • Give complete answers without telling your life history
  • Have a professional attitude

After the Interview

  • Send a thank-you note - a detail that can make the difference between you & someone else
  • Review your impressions - is Harding Martin the firm for you?


The Offer

  • Read it carefully
  • Follow up with the Harding Martin recruiter
  • Communicate your decision process to the recruiter
  • Think it out


The Big Decision

  • Only you can make this decision
  • Look at the big picture
  • Think about:
  • Office culture
  • Firm culture
  • Personalities
  • Travel
  • Career path
  • Office growth
  • Firm growth
  • Your overall expectations & Harding Martin's expectations
    Good Luck!