Walking into an interview can be nerve-racking, but why? If you put the proper amount of time and preparation into nailing the interview and scoring the job of your dreams, there should be nothing to fear. When you walk into the interview, you want to be prepared, confident and dressed to impress. With these tips and tactics, you will have no problem feeling ready to rock the interview. The one reoccurring tactic that you will notice in the interview process is STANDING OUT from others. In a good way that is 😊.
The Resume: The first thing you need is a standout resume. Resume paper is one of the easiest things that you can use to make your resume stand out in a stack of papers. It is thicker and has a professional feel. As for the rest of your resume details, use it to show future employers what experience, skills, and talents you have. Show off what you have done and what you are capable of. And always keep your resume up to date.
Background Knowledge: Research the company. Look at their website. Understand the skills and qualifications that are necessary for the job, remember these during the interview, and be sure to use keywords from the job description. You can also scope out the business’s social media pages to give you a better understanding of the company and culture.
Prepare Questions: Go into the interview with questions. Asking questions will show the interviewer that you put thought into your questions, and it will increase your knowledge allowing you to decide if this position and company are a good fit for you.
Be Comfortable: Do not think of this as an uptight meeting with HR but think of it as meeting someone for the first time. Remember, this is just a conversation where you will be meeting with one or maybe two people to discuss your career. Be kind and relaxed. You want to be likable and show off your great personality, after all, you are selling your personality too, not just your skills and qualifications. The employer wants you to be the fit for the position just as bad as you want the position.
Mock Interviews: Setting up mock interviews with your friends and family will help you feel more prepared for the actual interview. Creating a list of potential questions that the employer may ask and having a friend imitate the employer will help boost your confidence for the actual interview tremendously.
An interview is not supposed to be a scary or intimidating situation. It is what you make it. It is a fun time to meet and network with potential future employers. Trust in yourself and know that all your hard work and preparation will pay off. You’re prepared, so be confident and know you are ready, do not second guess yourself. Get out there, show the world who you are and what you are capable of. You will do awesome!