Congrats! Your networking skills, connections, resume, and cover letter opened the door to THE INTERVIEW! Here is where your personality, body language, speaking ability and confidence back up and enhance what the employee liked about you on paper.
To interview successfully, the best thing you can do is PREPARE. Prepare by researching the company, but also by remembering that you are interviewing the interviewer; it is an equal transaction where you should position yourself with the confidence that you are the best they can find, and this is where you see if that company is the right fit for you.
PREPARE by making friends with somebody on the inside of the company, the receptionist or the person who set up your interview. Through them, figure out where to park, how to find the office and any other information you think may be important. The best way to prepare for any interview is through research and practice. By preparing well you’ll be less nervous and your genuine personality will shine through. PREPARE by also researching good questions to ask the interviewer.
Remember, we have a market saturated with qualification and degrees, but most good employers will recognize that they should hire “people, NOT paper.” Check out these tips, and come mock interview with me if you wish to practice! Just like every resume should be tailored to a specific job, so too should you strive to keep from giving the same rote answer as you travel from interview to interview. Give examples with your answers, and show your passion for that particular field. If you don’t have much experience working in a professional capacity, get involved on campus in a club or organization and volunteer to help out with different activities. These experiences can really help you on your resume and in an interview.
Before the interview:
1) Research the company
- It is very important to first research the company that you will be interviewing with. Failure to attend to this research can rule out a candidate early in a search process. Through your research, you should become familiar with:
- Type of organization or company
- The company’s function
- Mission and Goals
- Divisions within the company
- Types of products and services
- Important company initiatives
- New trends in the field
- Size and location
- The position’s job description
- A salary range for the field of interest
- Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer. This is important for two reasons: (a) it shows that you have prepared well for the interview, after all, a great interview can be undone when a candidate does not have thoughtful questions prepared; (b) this is your opportunity to gain deeper insight into the organization, the work environment, what they are looking for in an ideal candidate, what their expectations are, etc. Information gained through these questions can enhance your ability to tailor your responses.
2) Practice interview
- Practicing interview techniques will provide you with feedback about your performance:
- Answer questions with family, friends, or someone in the field of interest. Some students even video themselves answering questions in order to perfect their interviewing techniques. From watching yourself answer questions, you may pick up on areas to improve, e.g., nervous movements, saying “uh”, etc.
- Be prepared to answer some of the fifty most common interview questions from glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/
3) Make friends with the receptionist or the person who set up your interview. Through them, figure out where to park, how to find the office and any other information you think may be important.
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