Everyone knows that going into an interview can be stressful and overwhelming. But it isn’t until you go and experience it for yourself that you grasp an understanding of what it involves. We have put together five quick tips for you to remember before going into your next important interview:
Before going into an interview, it is best to prepare with some research about the company, employer and position. The benefit of conducting research also allows you to answer and ask tough questions. Having a knowledge of who and what the company is, will impress the employer because you will actually know what you are talking about, rather than winging it like most people do.
It is so common to hear people say they let their nerves get the best of them during the interview process. However, it is important to remember to RELAX. This can be achieved by arriving at the interview with plenty of time (you don’t want to be late!), dressing appropriately and being prepared. If you do all of these things, along with your pre-interview research, you will have no reason to let your nerves defeat you.
3. Be YOU
Once you walk into that interview room, the interviewer is beginning their assessment on if you could be a good fit for this company. The goal of an interview is to let that employer have a better understanding of who you are, why you want to be at this company and if you will work well with other employees. The ways you can nail the interview are: be authentic, focused, confident and truthful. What they see should be what they get. So remember, your first impression is very important.
4. Real-life examples
A hiring employer wants you to be able to talk about more than just your resume. If this makes you nervous then take a second and think about your greatest achievements or abilities. Referring back to real-life examples allow the employer to see the great things you have mastered or are mastering. It is easy to talk about things you are passionate about, let the interview be a time where you can prove that you do possess even more skills than your resume includes.
5. Seal the deal
People often compare being interviewed with having a sales call. This is because, at the end of each, both are trying to achieve the goal. When the interview is winding down, it is important to be polite and thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. But it is also important to ask about the next steps in the process, being bold allows the employer to see that you are passionate about this position. After you leave the interview, send another thank you email to them to show again, you are excited about this potential job position.
Bailey Sochais a third-year majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Professional Writing. She is an AccountExecutivefor The PRactice’s School of Communication as well as a Recreational Supervisor at the RPAC.