Hello again! It’s now August and I really can’t believe how fast this year has gone by!
I remember being a kid, thinking that it was taking soooo long to turn 16 years old– I would finally get my license and a car and get to drive myself around!
Ever since then, it seems I’ve been speeding my way through life (literally and figuratively). Now I’m 21 and living an adult life.
Part of the adult life is having a job… money makes the world go round, as you know. But before you have a job, you have to get the job.
That means going through an interview.
INTERVIEW– A word despised by a lot of people. Scheduling that meeting comes with a lot of emotions, good and bad.
You have a chance of getting the job.
You have to sit in front of head of companies and impress them.
Will you be good enough for the job? Will they like you? What if you say something stupid?
How cool is the possibility of acing the interview and getting the job?!
I recently got a WONDERFUL job opportunity in which I had to go through a video and in person interview.
All I could think about is, I want this job more than anything!! I have to kill these meetings.
One great thing about being me is I handle nerves very well. While you may not have this trait, you can still rise above and impress the interviewers.
As someone who does well in interviews (I think), I have just a few tips to help you guys out!! It’s really simple when you slow your mind down and channel your inner professional.
1. Be prepared
One thing I always do before going through an interview is do a little research on the company and/or job position.
If you really want to impress, if you know the person who is going to be interviewing you, do some digging on them.
You never know what you might find! Accomplishments to schmooze, or maybe some entertaining dirt (always a plus).
Another facet of preparation is wardrobe.
Remember to always dress for the job you want and not the one you have. Meaning, dress business and appropriate.
If you question it, don’t wear it.
2. Be confident
Yes, I’m sure every piece of text written on interviews says this, but it’s true! It’s a natural instinct to be attracted to confidence.
An easy way to help achieve confidence even if you feel less than, is to literally just pretend.
Pretend? Like we used to do as kids? EXACTLY!
As a very wise person (and everyone else) has said, fake it till you make it.
3. Be honest
This is the most important, in my opinion.
I often think that interviewees get so consumed with the pressure to be professional and perfect that they forget the person in front of them is human too.
In my most recent interview, the job required 1-2 years experience in the field, which I don’t have. I just graduated college in December.
I acknowledged that fact that by telling a true sentiment from my life: after graduating, it was not easy to find a job in my field. Everyone wants experience! How can I gain experience when I’m not given an adequate chance?
This opened a door with the interviewer to tell me she has kids my age struggling with the same thing. So hopefully I’ll get some good news soon!
This being said, everything in moderation. Just remember you still are trying to win them over.
4. Be yourself
At last, the grand finale!!
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but still necessary.
The importance of showing your personality during an interview is to try and gain a human connection.
If you’re hiding who you are, your future boss won’t see how great you are!
I hope you find my tips for being interviewed helpful and easy to apply.
For those getting ready to go through the hiring process, GOOD LUCK!!!!