Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing some advice on how to stand out in the job interviewing process and prove that you are the right candidate for the position! College jobs and internships are super important for your future career path, so it’s pretty inevitable you will end up interviewing for a position at least once in your college career. Knowing how to excel and make yourself shine in an interview is crucial to getting the job you want, so here’s a few tips on how to do so!

Do your homework

Make sure to do some research early on in your job hunt so you know the important things to know about each position and company you are applying to. You can then take this knowledge with you to the job interview and impress the interviewers!

Update your resume

Make sure your resume is up to date + holds relevant job-related information + is well-designed. A flawed, messy resume will not attract anyone, so make sure to proof-read it beforehand!

Have your references ready

Some employers will be interested in reviewing and contracting people who you previously worked with or who know you best. Having a readily available list of three-four references who are willing to speak about your qualifications can be super helpful during the interview process. You won’t have to struggle to think of someone last minute, which can save you time and brain struggles. Make sure to have their name, email, phone number, and a short description of how they know you/their relevance to your career goals.

Handle the interview like a pro

Go through commonly asked interview questions beforehand and prepare answers for them. Make sure to dress up for the interview and present yourself in a professional manner. Be calm and collected, and take your time when answering their questions. Make sure to leave yourself a little bit of time at the end to ask your own questions about the position and any concerns you may have. Leave out conversations about salary and benefits until you have been offered the position. Be human and personable and express genuine interest for the position. Make sure you can explain exactly why you want that exact position and how it relates to your career goals.

Follow-up

Consider sending out a thank-you note after the interview. Some employers will find this incredibly kind, but it really depends on the situation you are in. Don’t go overboard with grand gestures or multiple phone calls (this would be really annoying)!

With these five tips, you will be in a lot better position to excel in the interview process and land the job of your dreams! Thanks for reading! Please share your comments below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey

Related: Finding the Right College Job or Internship

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