By: Maddy Dittrich
Being interviewed is just like going to the dentist. Most people are terrified of dentists and interviewers alike, but interviewing is one of those things that must be done. As a college student, interviews are inevitable when trying to land that summer internship or post-grad job. The more experience that you have with interviewing, the more comfortable you’ll feel before heading into the next one. Here are a few tips to help you ace your next interview, and have a job offer waiting for you before you even get home.
- Arrive Early- There is no such thing as being “too early” when it comes to arriving at an interview. You are better off arriving a half an hour early rather than a minute late. By arriving early, you will have time to check in and gather your bearings before your name is called.
- Always Bring a Resume- This is perhaps the Golden Rule of interviewing. Always have an updated copy of your resume on hand. If you added a new minor, joined a new extracurricular activity, or worked hard to boost your GPA last semester, you want a recruiter to see that.
- Appearance is crucial- Remember to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. When interviewing, it is important to dress appropriately and professionally. This shows recruiters that you are serious about the job you are interviewing for, and that they can expect nothing less from you each and every day you come to work.
- Do your Research- Prior to interviewing with any company, spend some time on their website. Familiarize yourself with what the company does, how they operate, and why you can picture yourself working there (yes, they’ll ask!). Heading into an interview armed with a few facts and figures will help you to feel more prepared, and will probably impress your interviewer at the same time.
- Be Confident- How the interview runs is mostly up to you. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments, but never boast. If you do not believe in yourself, then an interviewer will not, either. Your interview is a chance for you to show a recruiter who you are and what you are capable of.
- Brainstorm- Before the day of your interview, think of a few possible questions that you have for your interviewer. At the end of each interview, recruiters almost always ask what questions you have for them, and you want to be prepared. By having some questions prepared, you will be able to show you interest in the company. Asking questions can also help generate great conversation between you and your interviewer.
- Relax- Although interviews are intimidating, remember that you were chosen for an interview for a reason. Clearly, this company or recruiter saw something special in you, and they want to find out more. Do not let your nerves get the best of you. Stay calm and relaxed, so you can show your interviewer the best version of yourself.
- Always Follow Up- In today’s workforce, it is simply impolite not to thank someone for the time they spent interviewing you. Make sure to follow up with a handwritten thank you note to your recruiter. Go out of your way to show the interviewer that you appreciate the time they spent with you. This will only help you in the end.
Hopefully, you found some of these tips helpful. Remember that interviewing is not as scary as it seems at first. Recruiters want a chance to get to know you better, and speaking with you in person is the best way to accomplish this. Always stay positive, and good luck at your next interview!