By: Alexis Schuchert
Feeling nervous for an interview is common-- don’t stress. Use the tips below to help diminish nerves, expand your knowledge on interviews, and help you get the job.
Know the company you’re applying to
Weeks prior to your interview, develop your understanding of what the company or organization does, its history and what they can provide for you and your career.
Practice common interview questions
Prepare and practice questions such as, “What are your biggest strengths?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “Out of all other candidates, why should we hire you?”. Having an idea of what you want to say will help to decrease your nerves and increase your confidence.
Know the job description
Show up to the interview knowing exactly what you’re being interviewed for. Have knowledge of the job and what the job entails.
Go to the interview with questions that will help you better understand the work environment, the culture and the position. You can ask the interviewer questions like, “Where do you see the company in five years from now?” “How would you describe the employee moral here?” “Are there events or activities that engage the employees throughout the year?” “Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?”
An important part of the interview process is to be yourself and express your personality. Show positivity and enthusiasm. Make the interview a conversation rather than a Q&A. They are not only interviewing you, but you’re interviewing them. Use the meeting as an opportunity to decide if this is a company that you see yourself working at.
Always follow up
After the job interview, thank the interviewer for their time. You can express your eagerness and appreciation for the position. Also, if something didn’t come up during the interview, use this opportunity to share it. You want to make your name memorable.
Last minute tips
Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early
Don’t forget your resume. You should also bring a personal business card.
Dress in professional attire
Begin the interview with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile!
Keeping these tips in mind will help you crush your next interview.