Interviews can be scary, but they are a big part of life. Interviews are the best way for employers to see if you fit with their companies and for you to see if jobs are the right fit for you. This blog post is the first in a series of posts with simple steps to help you feel confident and rock job interviews.
Step 1: Do research. If you are applying for a job, you should know what it’s about, no matter how well known the company is. If you are applying for a job at a newspaper you should know big stories they’ve told, know who their reporters are, and know basic history of the paper. If you’re applying for a job at Express you should know who their shoppers are, know their products, and like them. You should never go into a job interview blindly, and should at the very least spend a some time on the company’s website.
Step 2: Practice. There are many great ways to practice interviews, personally I interview myself on long car trips. I know it sounds crazy but it’s a great way to get comfortable talking about yourself is to do it. If you don’t have a long car trip to practice on, practice in the shower, or in front of the mirror. It is so much better to actually talk out loud rather than just go over it in your head. You can also do a practice interview at the Career & Internship Services office. There are a lot of resources online to help you prepare for an interview. One good website to take a look at is Business News Daily, here is link to a really helpful article: 50 Most Common Job Interview Questions.
These are a couple simple starting steps to help you feel more comfortable in job interviews. Stay tuned for my next blog post with more specific tools to help you land the jobs you want.
Of Possible Interest:
- Interview Like a Pro (our Pinterest board)
- Researching Before the Interview
- Interviewing (all of our blog posts on the topic)