Whether you’re shooting for a summer internship, a job on the side, or a dream career, you’re going to have to ace an interview to score the work you want. Yes, interviews can be intimidating. But an interview may be the only difference between you and another candidate with similar credentials. Fortunately these five tips will help you get prepared:
1. Be confident.
An interview is all about selling yourself. Don’t sell yourself short. If you believe that you have what it takes to get a job, the person interviewing you will as well. Confidence in an interview shows that you have the talent and the attitude needed to succeed in a workplace.
2. Be enthusiastic.
Some people are naturally enthusiastic. Others take some time to come out of their shell. But an interview is a time when enthusiasm is key. If you aren’t excited in an interview, how can your interviewer trust that you’ll be excited and forward thinking on the job?
3. Do your research.
Walking into an interview with prior knowledge of the company is a great way to make a good impression. Formulate some thought provoking questions about the company that can stimulate some interesting conversation. This can set you apart from other candidates.
There’s no reason to enter an interview cold. Have a friend or family member ask you some mock questions. If you’re on your own, there’s no shame in practicing in front of the mirror. Be sure to maintain eye contact, smile, and understand your body language.
5. End on a high note.
Generally at the end of an interview you will be given some time to ask questions Always ask what the next steps are and when you can expect to hear back about the position. Later that day, follow-up with your interviewer and explain your excitement about the opportunity. This shows that you are serious about the job and will make you a more memorable candidate.
The bottom line here is to remain calm and trust yourself. Remember, you do have what it takes to get the job. Now go get it!