Interview Tips // How to nail an Interview

October 01, 2015

Happy October! Continuing with this week's theme of career fair and the job search, I decided to share with you all some of the interview tips I've learned! As a disclaimer, I'm not an expert in this field nor will my advice work for everyone, so just keep that in mind.

Interviews, like the career fair, can be very daunting (psst...check out my career fair post). There's an infinite amount of possibilities for questions that the interviewer(s) could ask you, but don't freak out! It's important that you learn how to keep your cool when they press the hard questions on you. The key to keeping your cool is to practice. Practice, practice, practice.

One of the most important parts of an interview is the introduction. It's not only important because of first impressions, but also because it's your time to shine. This is your chance to tell them about you in a minute or less. If you practice your elevator speech (making sure it's not too scripted), you'll be much more comfortable during the interview. During your little diddy, be sure to highlight your best strengths, talents, or accomplishments. Companies go ga-ga for quantifying your achievements (example: gained 1000 twitter followers in 1 summer), so if possible try to throw in some impressive details when appropriate.

Often times you'll find that with interviews, there are common questions that all seem to be along the same lines. This is good for you because you'll have good practice, plus you can have stories in your back pocket for all of the common questions. Questions like, "What's your greatest strength/weakness" is a huge one, or "What sets you apart from other applicants" is another good one. You can find several resources online for common interview questions.

It's not only important that you answer questions, but you also should ask questions. Some great questions to ask employers include: "What made you choose this company", "Is there anything here that I said today that you would like clarification on", "Do you feel as though I make a good fit in your company", and there are many others.

Overall, just emphasize what you're great at (that is still relevant), remain calm, create thoughtful and honest answers, and make sure it's a good fit for you and you'll have a great interview! I hope some of these tips helped, but be sure to share your tips in the comments. I always love to hear from you guys. Thanks for stopping by!

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