Student leadership opportunities abound at the Capstone, and the Division of Student Life wants to help as many students as possible pursue leadership opportunities that they are interested in. This guide to student leadership aims to help all students through the application and interview processes.

Before Applying

  • Check calendars for conflicts with any mandatory dates.
  • Review the time commitment and consider your availability.
  • Network with students in the organization to learn more.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Tips for Applications

  • Complete all sections – double check before submitting!
  • Utilize complete sentences when responding to questions.
  • Spelling and grammar checks are always a good idea.
  • Personalize resumes and cover letters for each position.
  • Save a copy of the application — submission errors do occur!

Preparing to Interview

  • Research the organization to be familiar with their information.
  • Reflect on how to discuss interest in the position.
  • If assigned something specific to do at the interview, practice with a friend before interview day.
  • Schedule a free mock interview with the Career Center.
  • Think of one or two questions to ask at the end of the interview.

Interview Topics

All interviews are different, but these are topics to be prepared to answer related to the position:

  • Personal experience
  • Interest in the position
  • Personality characteristics
  • Ideas for the position
  • How you respond to a situation
  • Any questions you have

What to Wear for Interviews

Interview dress code can vary by position. When in doubt, it is better to be over professional than under professional. In general, dress for the part – if the position wears a suit, then consider wearing a suit.

Common dress codes include the following:

  • Business casual — business pants or skirt with a nice shirt, such as a button down; a nice dress of appropriate length is another option
  • Business professional — suit with jacket, which can include pants suit, skirt suit, or dress suit with closed toed shoes
  • Interview appropriate — something between business casual and business professional attire

Day of the Interview

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Bring a copy of your resume, as the interviewer may not have it.
  • Find a balance to responding in detail while being concise.
  • Be yourself – the interviewer wants to know the true you!
  • For group interviews: Balance your input with the responses of others. Each unique response contributes to the conversation.
  • When possible, remember STAR:
    • Tell the Situation
    • Explain the Task
    • Outline your Actions
    • Prove the Results.