Quote of the week: “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe
Hello fellow Argos!
Today’s topic is about interview preparation. Summer is right around the corner and for some of you; you are looking for an internship or job during the time. Below is a list of top 10 tips to help you in preparing for that upcoming interview:
Tip #1 Research the job
Make sure to research the job in order to address the specific needs, mission, and purpose of the company. Take time to go on their website and other social media pages to see the most recent events within the company. Through researching the company, you will be able to gear your background and experience towards what the company is looking for.
Tip #2 Prepare for questions you did not find in your search process
By doing your research in advance, you will be able to make targeted questions that can help set you apart from the generic questions they may hear in the interview process. You want to try to have at least three to five questions prepared in advance.
Tip #3 Familiarize yourself with the location
Especially if you are not from the area, scouting out the area by finding parking spots will help you not rush on interview day. We highly recommend arriving at the interview location 10-15 minute early than on time. As the saying goes, to be one time is to be late, and to be early is to be on time.
Tip #4 Make eye contact and know their name
When you first meet with the interviewer, make sure to give a firm handshake and look them in the eyes. Make sure though that your handshake is not overpowering or weak. When you first meet with them, listen to the pronunciation of their name. If you are interviewed by, a group try to write or remember each interviewer’s name (for the thank you letter). Always address them by Mr. or Ms.
Tip #5 It is alright to ask them to repeat their name a second time
Especially if a group interviews you or if the hiring manager’s name is unique, you can ask them to repeat. Most employers understand if you did not catch their name, and it is better to address it initially than to never ask them to repeat and not send them a thank you letter.
Tip #6 Be honest about your experience and abilities
Hiring managers want you to be open and upfront with them about your abilities. It is worse to over exaggerate your skills and the hiring manager find out later. Not being honest upfront may lead to being fired later on. In addition, you may find yourself overwhelmed with a task, because you were not properly trained in the field.
Tip #7 Know what the next steps are
Make sure you ask them what the next steps are in the hiring process. By asking in advance this will help you in order to help you plan and prioritize your schedule to find out when you will either be called back for another follow up interview, or if you will be notified of the employment timeframe and when you will be required to start work.
Tip #8 Ask for business cards
Towards the end of the interview, you want to ask to get their contact info or business card in order to send follow up letters (aka-thank you letters).
Tip #9 Firm farewell handshake
As with the intro, you want to end confidently. Make sure to end confidently and make an impression of your professionalism.
Tip # 10 Thank them for their time
Crucial in the interview is to thank them for their time and consideration. Thank each individual your interviewed you for taking their time to meet with you. Let them know that you plan on following up and that you look forward to hearing from them.
Tip # 11 Send thank you letters
We highly recommend following up with each individual who met with you are by mailing him or her a handwritten thank you letter. Remind the hiring manager who you are. Refresh them one what was covered during the interview and mention any information you forgot during the interview. Feel free to check out our Career Development Guide by clicking HERE for what to include in thank you note (see page 31).
Lastly, treat yourself to the movies or ice cream! You finished your interview 😀
If you need any assistance with preparing, we offer Mock Interview Appointments. Feel free call our office at (850) 474-2254 to schedule a time that works for you!
Until next time,