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This post is written by Psychology Major and Intern at the Office of Career Development Kaitlyn Krick '21.
Scheduling that first interview is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. You finally found a job that you are interested in and highlights the skills you’ve mastered. But how do you prepare for the interview?
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Just pause, take a deep breath, and remember all of your skills and experiences that make you a great employee.
In the past when I went on interviews, I used the “fake it until you make it” philosophy, and looking back I know now why I was never offered some of those positions. During my internship at the Office of Career Development, I have learned some of the tips and tricks to interview prep and want to pass on a few of the most important tips I have learned to help you be successful in any interview you go on!
- Review the job description - Make sure you understand the roles and responsibilities of the job and can articulate how your experience reflects the employer’s needs.
- Research the company - Review their website, search for any news articles, and speak with friends or contacts already employed at the organization. The more you know about the company’s values, mission, and newsworthy items, the better prepared you’ll be to answer questions about why you want to work at the organization.
- Review and practice popular interview questions - Write out your answers, stand in front of the mirror, or practice with a friend until you feel confident in your response to those stress-inducing “about you” questions.
- Prepare to tell a story - Many interviewers will ask behavior-based questions that start with “Tell me about a time when…” Think about your successes, failures, and experiences with conflict that could be used to highlight your skills.
- Prepare to ask questions - Remember you are also the interviewer. Create a list of questions that can help you determine if this organization/position is right for you.
- Schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Development - Need some more tips or a practice interview? The Office of Career Development is here to help! Email us at email@example.com to schedule an appointment today!