With another round of internship opportunities opening up at Pricefalls LLC soon and the Christmas song 12 Days of Christmas still stuck in my head I present to you, my 12 Tips for Interviewing!
- Before your interview learn as much as possible about the company. From history, to those in management positions to dress code, everything you learn prior to your interview will help it be a success.
2) Rehearse often
- This may sound ‘dorky’ to some but practicing in front of a mirror actually does help. Actually seeing your facial expressions and amount of eye contact is a great way to adjust and improve your current techniques.
3) Know the answer to this question “Why should we hire you?”
- In every interview I have participated in, from working as a stage hand in a theatre to Director of PR at Pricefalls, I have been asked this question and it is best to have an answer prepared for each individual interview.
4) EYE CONTACT
- I cannot stress this enough. EYE CONTACT! EYE CONTACT! EYE CONTACT! Like a wolf can sense fear, an interviewer can instantly sense lack of confidence or dishonesty from a lack of eye contact.
5) Avoid cocky statements
- While an interview is a chance for the employer to get to know you, this is not a chance to flaunt personal achievements incessantly.
6) Understand the position you are applying for
- While this may sound like a repeat it bears mentioning again. Make sure you are aware of all of the demands and requirements for the position you are interested in. If you have difficulties or are not proficient in an area wanted by the employer make sure you convey your eagerness to learn a new skill.
7) Practice interviews
- Take every chance you can to talk over interview questions and answers with people of authority in that field. Whether it is a practice interview offered by your college’s learning center or asking a few extra questions of your teacher after class a practice interview can greatly increase your confidence and aptitude.
8) Plan attire
- I cannot count the number of times I have started getting ready for an interview only to find out the shirt I wanted to wear is wrinkled or has a stain. One experience I had was at an interview where I crossed my right leg onto my left revealing my black sock then shifting to the opposite to reveal a brown sock. I was slightly embarrassed and that incident did not convey a sense of preparedness.
9) Be prepared/Anticipate
- Along with your attire make sure you are prepared with adequate amount of resumes, portfolios, etc. to leave at the interview. In the case of a Skype or Video conference interview make sure all of your technology is prepped and ready to go at a moments notice.
- Even worse than wearing one black and one brown sock is being dishonest in an interview. Employers have the ability to confirm stories you tell and information you put on a resume. Do not extend the truth in any situation.
11) Don’t fear pauses
- Pauses are just indicators that you are concentrating or contemplating the question. Do not fear these little breaths of air because in the long run they will save you.
12) ASK QUESTIONS
- NEVER leave an interview without asking your potential employer a question. There is no way you know every single policy or fact of a company pre-employment and failing to ask a question only conveys a sense of disinterest in the job itself on the interviewees behalf.
Please feel free to add any tips or successful/unsuccessful interview stories you may have in the comments area below! I would love to hear your stories!
Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!
Josh #theLVD Weaver