You have spent numerous hours working on your resume, sent it out, attended the job fairs and managed to line up some interviews. You’re hopeful. You’re optimistic. And you might be having a panic attack. Fear not! These tips will help you handle those interviews with confidence. You always want to remember to:
- Research. Make sure you are familiar with the company’s mission statement, previous work and how they function as an organization. This will show the employer you are interested in the company and have spent ample time preparing.
- Prepare stories for every accomplishment on your resume. Telling stories about your past accomplishments is a more engaging way to connect with the person interviewing you.
- Keep eye contact. Maintaining strong eye contact throughout the interview shows your interviewer that you are interested in what they are saying. Looking away will make you appear disinterested in them as well as the open position.
- Be yourself. No need to present yourself as something you are not. The employer is interested in getting to know your past accomplishments as well as your personality.
- Turn a negative into a positive. A common question is: “What is your biggest flaw or your biggest failure?” Prepare in advance an answer possibly detailing a failure in your life and how you we are able to learn from it and better yourself.
- Ask questions: An interviewer will most likely always ask at the end of the interview if you have any questions for them, at this point you should always take the opportunity to learn more about the organization.
- Send a handwritten letter that same day. Remind the employer of what you spoke about and thank them for their time. This will help them remember you. A handwritten letter will always get you farther than a typed one.