Fact: few things are more uncomfortable than a bad interview.
You have to sell yourself to a potential employer.
While you’re stuck in a room with your interviewer, it’s your chance to show your charisma, your experience, and your ability to adapt to the culture of the company. But, it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Here’s a few quick (but important!) things to remember on your big day to guarantee you’ll walk out with a smile.
1. Practice makes perfect!
Prepare in advance by researching a variety of interview questions. Jot down your responses. Highlight specific areas you want to emphasize, like your strengths, key skills, how you can contribute to the company or how you would handle a situation. Don’t forget credibility. Always provide examples or experience to support your answers.
Practice in front of the mirror (cliché, but helpful!), in front of friends or family, or even ask a professor or classmate to run through some interview questions with you. Record and listen to yourself speaking to help you to focus on articulating more clearly and confidently.
2. Know your company!
Do your research on the company you’re applying to. Be prepared to discuss why you want to work for this employer and why you chose them over their competitors. Pick a few reasons why you genuinely want to represent this company (the mission, the business, the leadership, the product, the culture, etc.) and incorporate those reasons into some of your other responses, too.
3. Always ask questions!
When your interviewer finally asks, “Do you have any questions?” that’s your queue to make a lasting impression. Consider this your final opportunity to prove that you’re interested in the company and your own professional development. Being prepared and asking well thought out questions also shows your dedication to the applied position and allows the interviewer to offer some insight on the company’s team culture and expectations.
Remember, the job market today is fast-paced and more demanding than ever. Being part of the competitive millennial generation means you need to go that extra mile to set yourself apart from your competitors. Whether you’re applying for a full-time job right after graduation or for a part-time job to pay your way through college, keep in mind the ways to sell yourself to your potential employers.