Do you have an interview coming up that you need to nail? I’ve been on a few interviews in my life, all of which have ended in internship and job offers (granted this is NOT for a big corporate job but rather odd and end jobs and interview more in my sector, such as internships typical for liberal arts majors, but I’m hoping it’s helpful for everyone). So, I thought I would share a few tips on how to have confidence and great answers for your interview!
- Tip 1 – If they offer you a glass of water, take it. Not only does it show you’re accepting something the company is offering you, if you’re stumped on an interview question, you can give your mind a second to recover and take a sip of the drink to gather your thoughts. Further, if you’re nervous and you get a dry mouth or over heated, you can take another sip of your drink.
- Tip 2 – Being greeted. A persons first intake of you could form their entire opinion. You want to look put together enough for the job and have a nice smile and handshake when greeting your interviewer.
- Tip 3 – Try to leave filler words out of your answers. Don’t say ‘like’ or ‘um’ or ‘uh’ or any other filler word that you commonly use.
- Tip 4 – When answering questions, answer with as much confidence as possible. Try to keep direct eye contact and smile often. Don’t let your voice shake, and try to think your answers through before speaking them aloud.
- Tip 5 – Arrive 10 minutes early to the interview. This shows your punctual, gives you a little time to find your way in case you get lost, and doesn’t allow enough time to get too psyched out.
- Tip 6 – When you’ve arrived, introduce yourself with your full name, state you’re there for an interview, and say who it is with. The person you’re talking to may not know why you’re there so you need to tell them and before you make yourself look foolish.
- Tip 7 – Research the company. You know they’re going to ask you questions about the company, don’t sit there and panic and try to make up an answer that they’re going to know. Just do your research before hand.
- Tip 8 – Think of practice questions to prepare some answers to before hand. The HARDEST one, in my opinion, is the “tell me about yourself” question. Try to keep this under 3 minutes and go into detail about past work, why you want to work there, and cover your resume briefly – don’t repeat what they have already read.
- Tip 9 – Have questions prepared for them. It’s best to prepare about 8 questions, in case they’ve already been covered, and to ask them about 3-5 questions.
Coming soon – how to dress for an interview and questions that you could prepare for. Stay tuned!