Let’s say you’ve applied for that summer dream job. You’re sitting down when you get a call from an unknown number. So thrilling. The person calling says you got an interview. You’re excited, nervous and scared because you’re one step closer to having a job, but you don’t want to screw it up.
Interviews can be a tricky stage, especially if you’re competing for the position. Here are a few tips to having a great interview.
1. Don’t be late for an interview. Otherwise, well, you can start passing out resumes again. If you think there’s any chance you might be late, call ahead to notify or reschedule. Being five minutes late can hurt your chances of getting hired since your already proving you aren’t punctual.
2. Let your interviewer know if you’re nervous. If it’s affecting your mood or speech, be honest. They will make you feel comfortable and will love your honesty. Calm your nerves; take a few minutes before going in. Leave your phone in the car. Breathe and think about the things your going to say.
3. Have answers prepared for typical questions. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? How would be you an asset to the company? Why do you want the job? If you could master one thing, what would it be? Having these answers in your back pocket will avoid a lot of “um’s” and “Oh, I’ve never thought about that one.”
4. Try to be as memorable as you can. Smile. Compliment the interviewer. Shake their hand when you greet them. Opposite to Family Feud, try to answer the questions in a way that no one else would.