Interview Success

3 Tips to Get You Ready for Your Next Interview

 

            It’s an exciting time to be a Bearcat.  Summer is coming, scheduling is over, and housing for next year is upon us!  For some of us, summer means one thing- internships. This is the time of year that many companies, big and small, hold interviews for their summer internship positions. Interviewing can be nerve-wracking and scary, no matter many time you’ve done it. Here are five things to do before you interview to make your experience a little easier!

 

1.Research the Company

Learn a little bit about the company before you get there. Search it online, read different articles, or even ask your professors what they know about where you’ll be interviewing. You will look much more prepared if you have some idea of what the company does, the kinds of clients they work with, and how you’ll fit in.

 

2.Print Your Resume (and some related work examples!)

Make sure to take a copy of your resume.  Oftentimes, interviewers won’t have time before your meeting to print off a copy of your resume. If it’s applicable, bring some examples of related work you’ve already done; research, artwork, or writing samples. Keep these all in a nice folder to keep yourself organized. Interviewers will be impressed that you provided extra work, and they’ll have a better understanding of you outside of the interview setting.

 

3.Dress for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have

This was the best advice I was given at my very first internship. No matter your position or the level of work you’re doing, always be sure to look your best. You never know who you will meet or what your job will call for that day, so make sure you look the part. Try on your interview clothes ahead of time so you feel comfortable. Make sure you cut of all the tags, and that everything fits well so you are not distracted by your outfit. Even if you’re an intern, you will make a great impression by dressing like the CEO.

 

Always make sure to arrive to your interview early and to be polite to your interviewers. First impressions are important, and you want to make an impact.

 

Best of luck on your job or internship search, Bearcats!