You have finally received the email to schedule an interview! Congratulations, but the work is not over yet. The interview is one of the most important parts of the recruiting process, and learning how to interview takes one thing: practice.
Here are some 5 tips that help me prepare for an interview, remember the quote “fortune favors a prepared mind.”
- Do Your Homework
This is the most important step in the process. You need extensive background knowledge about the position you are applying for and why you are applying. Depending on the area, go through the job description and find adjectives and qualifications this position requires. Try and find some commonalities and talking points that are specific to this role. Next, do your research on the company or firm you are applying too. This is including but not limited to: the company’s mission statement, financials, culture, and recent news. Having background knowledge will send a message to your interviewer that you are enthusiastic and informed about this specific company.
- Study Your Resume
Next, make sure you know your resume in and out. This seems like an obvious piece of advice, but you would be surprised how many people speak incorrectly or forget pieces of their resume under the pressure and time crunch of an interview. Make sure you identify key experiences and talking points on your resume that you can refer back too.
- Come up with Questions
At the end, when the interviewer asks, “do you have any questions for me?” You must always have a question!! Use your research and notes to come up with smart and insightful questions. Also, you can always inquire about the interviewer and their experience at the company. Just make sure your questions are clear, concise, and not something you can google.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Now that you have done the research and studied your resume, you should be ready to practice. This is the most important part of the process, practicing will help put you in the mindset for the actual interview. Reach out to resources like the UDC, friends, and faculty to perform a mock interview. They should look for eye contact, fluidity of speech, knowledge, and the quality of your answer. Try to do as many as you can, so that you can get a sense of your improvement and also the areas that you need to work on. If there is a quick turn around, don’t forget about Big Interview on Handshake!
- Send a Thank You Email
After your interview, always thank the interviewer for taking the time to consider your application. Draft and send a thank you email while mentioning your continued interest in the position.
The key to facing an interview is to go prepared. This will not only boost your confidence but will show them why you are the perfect candidate for the job! Best of Luck!