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Career Services

Interviews, Offers, & Negotiation

Practice and preparation makes a big difference! When interviewing, be prepared to address qualifications sought in the job description, demonstrate knowledge about the employer and their projects, ask sincere questions, speak about your experiences and qualifications, and present your portfolio.

Interview preparation resources

Attire resources

  • Guide to deciphering “business” and “business casual” attire recommendations
  • Big Interview’s suggestions for dressing to meet with potential employers
  • LinkedIn Learning includes videos addressing types of attire that may be expected in different situations.
  • Free and discounted apparel:ISU FREE POP-UP SHOP
    Location: 1009 LeBaron Hall
    Wednesday, January 26, 10am-Noon & 1-5pm
    Thursday, January 27, 10am-Noon & 1-5pm

    Need a shirt, tie, or a whole outfit for an upcoming career fair or interview? The pop-up shop will feature varying sizes and styles of gently-used business attire, accessories, and shoes. No questions asked. Hosted by the College Directors of Multicultural Student Success and funded by Student Government.

    Location: JCPenney at North Grand Mall (2901 N Grand Ave, Ames, IA)
    Sunday, January 30, 2022 4:00-7:00 pm 
    Bring your Student ID for discounts up to 60% off select careerwear and shoes. Prefer to shop online?
    Check out the Suit Up page and text IOWASTATE to 67292 to get your coupon.

Evaluating offers

It is always appropriate to ask for job offers in writing and for time to consider the offer. Offers should include your possible title, start date, salary, and benefits. Health insurance, personal time off (vacation, sick leave, etc), company culture (values, practices, attitudes, customs, etc), promotion opportunities, opportunities to do certain types of work, travel, salary, and location are some considerations when evaluating job or internship offers. Resources:

  • LinkedIn Learning includes videos covering job offers, navigating multiple offers, declining offers, and more.


Salary negotiation is common and expected. Be sure to back up your request with information (typical ranges for the location, job) and qualifications that warrant an amount higher than the offer. There may also be other factors that are negotiable. Resources:

Missing interviews

Please note that ISU Career Services has a university-wide Interview Cancellation and Late Notice/No Show Policy.