Interviews can be very intimidating, regardless of your age, connections, or experience. Here are a few tips to guide you through the interview process.
Know the Employer
Recruiters are looking for someone with a real interest in their organizations. Conducting research, in advance of the interview, will set you apart from other candidates. Then, here are a few ways you can incorporate research into your interview.
- Relate your skills to those needed for the position.
- Share transferable skills like communications, writing, computer knowledge, etc.
- Illustrate how you can help the employer be more competitive.
- Ask questions that encourage the employer to expand on the position.
Before the interview, know what you have to offer the employer. Understand your skills, how your strengths translate into skills needed by the employer, and feel comfortable communicating your passion, interests, skills, and the job you’re seeking.
Follow these suggestions to put you at ease and help with first impressions.
- Arrive Early – It’s better to be a few minutes early than even one minute late. Arriving 10-15 minutes before the interview indicates your interest, while giving you time to relax.
- Dress Appropriately – Be sure to look professional, be properly groomed, and clean.
- Know the Format – When setting up the interview, ask who will be present and the format (one-on-one, panel, group, video, or telephone interview).