Do you have an interview coming up? Congratulations – this is the first step to success! Interviews can be overwhelming; therefore it is imperative you prepare ahead of time to allow yourself to shine.
An important part of interview preparation, or perhaps the most important part, is taking the time to research the company and the job you are applying for. Before you go on a job interview, find out about the industry, company history, and the skills required for the position. Jot down a list of some professional or even personal qualities you see fit for the role; you can easily bring these up during the conversation.
During your research, make note of anything you found interesting or appealing about the company or position. Make note of 3-5 questions of your own. You may be asked at the end of the interview, “do you have any questions” – if you come prepared the interviewer will recognize your interest.
Interviews can last minutes to hours, either way it may feel like a whirlwind. You may not have time to get the business card of your interviewer, but remember the name of the person that interviewed you! After all, you want them to remember you right? As soon as you are introduced, listen closely for their name. No longer than 3-5 days after the interview, send a thank you note (preferably handwritten).
I am sure you’ve heard the saying practice makes perfect – well it’s true! Schedule a pactice-interview with the Whitman Career Center to practice what a professional interview is like. Taking the time to review your answers to even the most basic questions can help you to sound more articulate and help eliminate interview stress.
Lastly, dress for success! Don’t wait until the last minute to pick out your outfit. Make sure you have clothes readily available for an interview. This means professional attire, nothing you would wear to the mall or out to lunch. Before you say a word about how qualified you are for the position, this is your first impression – and it should be a great one. If you look the part, you will feel like the part, which will ultimately boost your confidence and help you deliver.
Best of luck!