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Interviewing for In-Field Roles:

Interviewing well is a critical part of landing a role in the field. Here are some tips to help ensure you are presenting yourself in a professional manner. 

Strong Communication: 

Within many roles in this field, oral communication is critical. Whether you’re writing reports at the end of your shift or trying to calm down victims, communication will play a key role in your day-to-day. The interview is your chance to show that you can clearly communicate your ideas.  

Professional Attire:

Have an interview outfit ready before sending out applications. You will want to wear your most professional attire.

  • For men, you should wear dress slacks, dress shoes, a button down long sleeve shirt, and a tie. A blazer/coat isn’t required but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Remember, you are putting your best foot forward here.
  • For women, your options vary but dress conservatively. If you chose to wear a dress or skirt, make sure that it is appropriate in length. Make sure your shoulders and chest are covered. 
  • Jeans are never acceptable to wear to an interview. 

3 Questions for the Interview:

Asking questions at the interview shows you are interested in the role. Prepare 3 questions you would like to ask the hiring managers about the role. Questions should demonstrate that you are truly interested in the company/position. 

​Follow-up with Thank You Notes:

​After an interview, follow up with a thank you card or email within 48 hours.

Practice Interviewing:

​Practicing before an interview can make a huge difference, especially if you are someone who doesn’t like to answer questions on the spot. There are different ways you can practice such as recording yourself or requesting a mock interview with a Career Services Advisor. 

Communication during the Process:

​Responding to recruiters/hiring managers promptly is an easy way to show interest and professionalism during the job search. 

  • When returning calls be sure to go to a quiet space and be ready to answer questions. 
  • Make sure your voicemail has enough space for employers to leave messages. Make sure your outgoing message is also set up and professional. You want employers to be certain they are calling the correct person. 
  • When responding to emails, be sure to use correct grammar. Don’t forget to start the emails with a greeting and end the email with a closing statement. 

Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree in criminal justice degree by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.