Listed below are a few tips to make the interview process less intimidating and more rewarding.
- Research-when you’re informed, your confidence will build. Find out as much as you can about the company, and people who will be interviewing you. Visit the company’s web site, study it well, get to know everything. Don’t stop there. Google the company, its key people, see what the media says about them. This is information to be used in your interview, show them you understand their industry, product, and philosophy.
- Work Clothes-every company has a dress code of sorts. But you aren’t hired yet, so dress the part of someone being interviewed. The first (and lasting) impression you make on your interviewer is how you look.
- Freshman 20-it used to be the freshman 15, but the latest studies have found the average college student puts on 20 pounds. If you’re carrying around extra weight gained in college, it’s time to start taking it off. Not only will you feel better, but look better for an interview. Unfortunately, interviewers do judge interviewees harshly–including if they’re overweight.
- Mock Interviews-take advantage of all the free help available through Campus Career Centers and career centers in the community. The more you practice interviewing, the better you’ll do in a real one.
- Know Yourself-convey to the interviewer what you can do for the company. It’s your opportunity to show them what you’ve accomplished–your value–what you can do that no one else can.
- Standard Answers-if you’ve been on a few interviews, you know there are standard questions interviewers ask. Know what they are and the best way to honestly answer them. A few good books will provide these questions, see those by Michael Farr and Jeffrey B. Allen.
- Go for it-one of the last things you’ll do in an interview is ask for the job. Before you turn to walk out the door, let them know you want the job and ask if there is any hesitation on their part to hire you. Should they disclose a few valid reservations, try to put their mind at ease. For example, they say: “We feel you don’t have enough experience at this time.” Say–with a smile–if they’ll give you a chance, (for a specific period of time) you’ll work hard to gain that experience.
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