Here are some tips that we learned today during the debrief session:
- Do not ramble when answering interview questions. Follow the cues of the interviewer, and if he or she is asking follow up questions then continue to share.
- Take notes during the interview to show that you are engaged and to help you remember key points.
- Ask questions at the end of the interview! Be sure to not ask questions that can be found on their website or through a Google search.
- During the interview think to yourself “…and this would make me a great candidate for this job because…” to make sure that you relate every answer back to why you should be chosen for the position.
To stand out during an interview:
- Show that you will go above and beyond if you are hired.
- Try to connect with the interviewer.
- Demonstrate that you are self-motivated and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.
- Have a set of examples of when you took initiative already in your head before you start the interview.
- Make eye contact.
Dressing for an interview
- Do research on the company and try to figure out the style of the company.
- Wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable.
- Don’t wear perfume or cologne.
To manage interview nerves:
- Concentrate on your breaths while in the interview.
- Keep your hands on the table to make sure they won’t shake.
- Keep good posture.
- Slide resume over on the table instead of handing it, so interviewers won’t see shaky hands.
- Be conscious of all actions.