During our debrief session we learned:
- It is important to be confident because the interviewer can tell if you’re nervous.
- If you’re confident, you’re less likely to stumble over your words and you’ll be able to express your ideas clearly.
- Be yourself.
- Tell stories that relate to your qualifications. “Facts tell; stories sell”. Interviewers will be intrigued to hear how you've dealt with issues at a previous job and how they are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
- Think like a business owner in the interview. It shows that you will bring the same qualities to the job.
- In order to be confident, you must prepare for the interview ahead of time.
- Look up the company and the job description so you can talk confidently.
- Practice interview questions relevant to the position.
- Proofread your resume to eliminate any mistakes.
- Make sure you have follow-up questions to show interest in the company.
Make Sure Your Resume Matches the Job Description
- On your resume, emphasize skills for a particular job.
- Make sure you use keywords from the job description in your resume.
- Make sure your application and resume are complete and error free.
Be Honest and Transparent
- Be honest about periods of unemployment.
- It is better for the interviewer to personally hear about any issues rather than learning them somewhere else.
- Look at local businesses that have services related to your qualifications. There are more jobs out there than what is posted.
- Have a thesis statement. “My qualifications make me a great candidate because…”
- On the interview, make sure your follow-up questions relate to the job position, company, or interview.
Thank you to our mock interviewers once again for taking the time to be with us and giving us great advice!