Last semester, I had the fortunate opportunity to participate in several job interviews while trying to land a summer internship. The more interviews I did, the more comfortable I felt, and the more successful I became at acing the interviews. I was eventually able to land a summer internship, and that is why I thought it would be helpful to provide some interview tips for all those out there who may find them useful in their own interviewing process.
1. Research the Company – The first priority is to understand everything you need to know about the company (background, history, products, etc.) and about the position you are applying for. Companies will be impressed if you have a thorough knowledge of their business because it shows that you really care about the position and are taking the job seriously.
2. Dress Professionally – Appearance is a key factor, make sure you always dress professionally. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed and ready to go the night before. Your appearance is the first impression your future employer will have of you so make sure it is a good one.
3. Proper Body Language – This starts with a firm handshake while introducing yourself. During the interview, be sure to maintain eye contact throughout and show that you are listening when your interviewer is speaking. It is a good idea to sit up straight, even lead forward slightly to show that you are paying attention.
4. Be Yourself – One of the interviewer’s first priorities is to make you feel comfortable. They know you are going to be nervous and they want you feel relaxed during the interview. Therefore, relax and be yourself. Take time to think of your answers if you need to, don’t rush into a disorganized answer or say what you think they want to hear. Smile and add some humor if possible, and let your personality shine through.
5. Ask Questions – Typically at the end of an interview, the employer will ask if you have any questions for them. It is important to have at least 2 or 3 questions prepared ahead of time to ask them. This shows that you are genuinely interested and care about the position you are applying to.
6. Send Thank You/Follow Up – At the end of the interview, make sure you obtain a business card or some form of contact information. Then send an email thanking them for their time and wishing them good luck in the future. If necessary, it is also fine to send an email following up with them if you have not heard back from awhile.
So there you have it: my most important interviewing tips. Let me know what you guys think in the comments down below. Please like the post, follow the blog, and share with others.