Interview Tips from an Expert

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Northwood Texas alumna shares her professional experiences and interview tips with students.
Northwood alumni Tracy Dodd and Jeremy Hargrave

Northwood alumni Tracy Dodd and Jeremy Hargrave

NU student Alex Von Hassler with Tracy Dodd an Accounting and Finance Recruiter for KForce Professional Staffing

NU student Alex Von Hassler with Tracy Dodd an Accounting and Finance Recruiter for KForce Professional Staffing

January 24, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas – When it comes to landing a job, whether you are fresh out of college or well into your career, two key components help get you there: an eye-catching resume and a stand-out interview. On Tuesday, January 22 Tracy Dodd , a 2003 Northwood University Texas graduate and Accounting and Finance Recruiter for KForce Professional Staffing, presented an Interview Workshop to current students as they prepare to secure summer and post-college internships and jobs.

There were five main areas discussed at the workshop: interview preparation, professionalism, communication, potential questions, and follow up procedures. For each topic, Tracy gave professional suggestions, do’s and don’ts, and shared experiences from candidates she has worked with. Some of these included the importance of knowing the company information and policies for where you’re interviewing; what the perfect time is to arrive at an interview (10-15 minutes); how to answer questions fully, rather than a simple “yes” or “no;” sample questions that are generally asked at interviews; and the valuable follow-up technique of a “Thank you” note.

This interactive opportunity allowed the students to ask questions throughout the presentation and several brought their resumes for Tracy to review at the end of the event.  International business major, Francisco Chairez, said, “I really appreciate the opportunities that Northwood provides through its alumni connections. Expert tips and advice from professionals such as Tracy will definitely help me in my future endeavors."

Additional perspective was given from a fellow alumnus in attendance, Jeremy Hargrave. A 2006 graduate and new member of the Texas Alumni Leadership Council, Jeremy worked his way up from a sales trainee with ACME Brick to a plant manager with hiring responsibilities.  Always eager to support Northwood and help students, he validated many of Tracy’s tips and even shared his own suggestions and experiences.

“It makes such an impact on students when alumni interact with them and share their experiences, whether it was with Northwood specifically or in their career,” shared Director of Alumni Relations, Natasha Elder.  “Having successful alumni like Tracy and Jeremy engage with the University in this manner is so exciting and extremely beneficial!”


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.