5 Tips to Rock Your Interview

On top of midterms and class projects, college students have even more stress in March thanks to the infamous search for jobs and internships. After filling out countless applications, there comes a glorious moment when one or a few companies show an interest in you! This usually means the company wants to interview you for your position. Congrats! Getting to the interview portion of any job position is a success within itself. But, what do you need to do to make an impression on the recruiter? Here are my tips to rocking your interview:

  1. 1. Do Some Research

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    I’m guessing you are somewhat aware of the company you are applying to, but you should do some more research before your interview. Like a contestant on “The Bachelor,” recruiters want to know which applicants are truly excited to join their team. Take a look at the company's website and try to find a mission statement. Does this align with your career objectives or goals? What is your favorite piece of work your potential employer has made? Is there anyone in the company that you would like to work with? All of these points are great things to think about and could help you answer the common interview question, “why do you want to work with us?” 

  2. 2. Think of Some Strengths and Weaknesses

    Another common question asked by job recruiters is, what are your strengths and weaknesses. For this question, think about some strong qualities that you have that will help you on the job. Are you hard-working, or can you easily work in groups? Think of some real-life examples that support your claims. As for weaknesses, think of positive weaknesses that you can spin. Examples could be that you’re a workaholic, or sometimes you can be afraid to ask questions. Try not to mention you’re disorganized or forgetful. Nothing wrong with those traits, but you want to share your best self with the recruiter.

  3. 3. Brainstorm Questions to Ask

    Typically, recruiters will allow some time for you to ask questions. Depending on your field, the time varies for how many questions you’ll be able to ask. My advice is to brainstorm at least three questions. These questions could be about the job itself or the company culture. Either way, make sure your questions are thoughtful because, like your responses, these show how interested you are in the company. If you’re quick on your feet, maybe ask a follow-up question about something the recruiter mentioned in the interview. Follow-up questions show you’re also an awesome listener! 

  4. 4. Keep Your Resume Near-By

    Depending on how your interview is conducted, make sure you have a copy nearby, or you're familiar with it. Your resume is an expression of who you are in this setting, and you should be able to speak on each of the experiences you have listed. Be able to explain in organizations you’re involved in and try to find connections between your school groups and the work you could be doing. It shows your recruiter that you’re competent and that you will be able to step in any role they need you for!

  5. 5. Be Yourself!

    Last but certainly not least, be yourself! It’s a simple statement, but it goes a long way. Companies want to find individuals with great work experiences, but they also want individuals that will only add to their environment. They want to find people that will add a pleasant aura to the workplace. Believe it or not, it is very obvious when someone is being fake or if they're being genuine. Being who you truly are will go a lot farther than being a person you think your company wants!

Internship/job hunting season can be rough, and you may begin to doubt yourself. Just remember that the right fit will come your way, and you have to get through all the no’s to find your yes! Your self-worth is not based on how many offers you receive or what kind of company you work for. You are an individual with great skills and personality, and anyone would be lucky to have you as an employee.