Hello, lovelies! Today I will be sharing some of my own personal advice on how to rock job/internship interviews. I know they can pretty stressful and/or scary, but after completing plenty of my own in the past few years, I think I definitely have gotten on a handle on it!
Before the interview
Once you have a scheduled time for an interview, the next step is to prepare for it! Research the company, the job, and the people who work there so that you have an idea of what the company stands for and whether or not you feel you would fit in with their mission. During the interview, you will be expected to explain why you want the job and why you are qualified for it, so doing a ton of research beforehand is key to answering these questions in the best way possible! Next, look up common interview questions and decide how you would answer them. Click here for a list of 50 common interview questions – the ones I am most used to answering is “describe yourself” “explain why you want to work here” “how do you handle pressure”, etc. Having a general idea of how you would answer some of these questions will lead you to feel more confident and less scared in the interview, which will make you seem like a calm and promising candidate to the interviewer. Lastly, dress for success with a clean and sophisticated outfit. Obviously something that is tight and shows a ton of skin or has offensive language written on it is not interview-appropriate.
During the interview
First and foremost, take a deep breath. Don’t let yourself get impossibly nervous so that you can’t even answer the questions! It will all be okay, I promise. Going along with that, stay confident and in control. The fact that you got an interview is a good first sign. Just relax! Next, be yourself. Maybe this sounds self-explanatory, but it’s the best advice anyone can give. Don’t feel like you have to fake who you are or be a boring robot. I always try to add a sparkle of my (horrible) sense of humor to test how the interviewer responds. The way I see it, I would never want to work with someone who doesn’t appreciate/like me for who I am.
Remember: a job is a two-way street. Now only do they have to choose you, but you have to choose them, too. Usually near the end of an interview, you are given a chance to ask questions for them. Use this opportunity to learn more about the company, the job, and the potential challenges/benefits of working there. Click here for a list of questions you should consider asking during an interview. Make sure to tailor questions specifically toward the company/organization you are interviewing for. Lastly, ask when you will hear back or what the next steps in their hiring process will be.
After the interview
Consider sending a personalized thank you letter to those who have interviewed you. This always makes a great impression and is just a nice, considerate thing to do for the people who took the time to meet with you. If need be, send a follow-up email or phone call if you haven’t heard back when you were supposed to. For more advice on follow-ups, click here. Remember to be polite, courteous, and not-annoying with any after-the-interview correspondence!
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to share your thoughts and best interview tips in the comments below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart