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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Auburn chapter.

As the semester rolls on, involvement and job interviews start piling up and consuming our once free time. Despite summer still being far off, the hunt for internships is already underway, as well. Going into an interview can be stressful and nerve-racking, causing anxiety to overtake this first impression you are making. Here are a few strategies and tips to help you leave a great impression at your next interview, and get the job!

  • Research

Whether you are applying for a position in an on-campus organization, or an internship for next year, read up on what type of company or group you are interviewing for. In nearly every interview, questions pertaining to the respective company are asked. Candidates who appear as though they have no knowledge on the history or background, seem as if they do not care about the business at all, or know what they are getting themselves into. Research, research, research. Referencing something you may like about the organization’s service or work when you answer questions, will catch the attention of the interviewers.

  • Have Some Answers Ready Beforehand

In the beginning of an interview, you are usually asked a few simple questions. For example, the first question you get will probably be, “why did you apply for the position?” Prepare an answer to this beforehand so you already have something in mind to say. This is the organization’s first impression of you, so make it insightful and true.

  • Arrive Early

Make sure you know what building and what room your interview is in. In advance, figure out how long it takes to get to the location so that you allot the right amount of time. Arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your interview shows good punctuality. It also gives you a few minutes to calm your nerves and get ready.

  • Be Yourself

Do not stretch yourself too thin thinking about how to talk or act during an interview. The interviewers want to see who you really are, not a façade. You can never blame yourself for a company’s decision on whether or not to hire you, as long as you are yourself, you will find the place where you fit in and where you are appreciated.

  • Ask Questions

Interviews commonly conclude with “do you have any questions for us?” Do not simply respond with “no, I think you covered it all.” Rather, have a few questions in mind that you may want to ask them. For example, “how did you first get involved with this organization?” or “how has your time here made an impact on you?” By asking questions you will appear interested in them, and they will appreciate that.

  • Finally…Say “Thank You!”