At some point during this process, you will find a company that wants to talk to you in person. Whether this takes the form of a telephone conversation, a webcam interview, or an in-person meeting, being prepared is the most important thing you can do in order to succeed.
Before the interview, research the company’s products, services, and activities, and review their website to get a good understanding of their business.
For an in-person or webcam interview, dress appropriately. Many companies will expect a man to wear suit and a woman to wear a suit or dress although some businesses are less formal. If in doubt, wear a suit.
Be on time—plan to arrive/be ready at least 20 minutes early to make sure you are not late.
For a webcam or phone interview be sure to test your technology for a strong connection beforehand.
Be prepared to tell them why training in the U.S. will help you meet your long-term career goals.
Ask informed questions—it’s a good idea to think of questions beforehand. Asking questions will show that you are interested and serious about the opportunity.
Remember to mention that you will be applying for a J-1 Visa, that your sponsor will be your legal designated sponsor, and that the company will not need to provide you with work authorization or health insurance.
At the end of the interview, ask the employer when you should expect to hear from them about the position.
Additional tips for preparing for an interview can be found here.
Post-Interview Follow Up
Say thank you! Sending a thank you letter via email is an important step in the interviewing process, and an excellent way to reinforce your interest in the position.
If you don’t hear from the employer within the timeframe you expected, politely make contact with them again to check on the status and to remind them of your interest in their company.
Accepting a Position
Once you’ve accepted a position, you will need to create a DS-7002 Training/Internship Placement Plan as part of your program application. To have more information about this process, please contact your INTERCHANGE REPRESENTATIVE.