Do you have reservations about your first job interview? Whether interviewing for an internship or job opportunity, it’s intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about how you approach it that will make you successful.
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH
Most importantly, research…
- The Organization
- The Job or Internship opportunities available
Understanding the organization is a huge benefit but without truly knowing your aspirations, goals, wants, needs, and skills, it’s difficult to decide whether this job opportunity is right for you.
Undercover Recruiter recommends, “Have a long hard look at what you have achieved, the way you have achieved that result and the skills you developed or demonstrated along the way. This type of reflection helps you understand your strengths. It gives you confidence and helps you overcome nerves”.
Reviewing employment pages on their website, learning about their vision, mission, and goals, and following them on social media may also provide insight into what it’s like to work there. What do these positions entail? Are they looking for experts or team members with skills and are willing to do training?
Then, think about their target market; what problem(s) are they solving with their products or service? How can you be a part of the solution? Gaining a better understanding of their product or service offerings put you ahead, makes a lasting impression, and shows you’ve taken the time to think about their mission and goals and have ideas about how to help them.
2) PUT IN THE WORK
Research is no good without leveraging your findings and practicing your delivery. How are you going to sell yourself as the prime candidate for that position? Don’t walk into an interview blind! LinkedIn recommends reviewing most common interview questions employers are using to identify prime candidates and practice how you would answer these questions during an interview. Don’t forget, interviewing is a two-way street; the objective for both you and your potential employer is to determine whether this is a good fit.
Watch these TED Talk preparation videos and start practicing!
3) BE YOURSELF
Remember, your initial interview will make a lasting first impression on potential employers. In today’s society, employers are more concerned about who you are as an individual than what you can do. Are you a hard-worker, coachable, passionate? What soft skills do you possess that benefit the organization? While technical skills are important to execute everyday job functions, most employers will train you in how they do things and what techniques they’ve found to be successful. Don’t be afraid if you don’t have all the answers, they don’t expect you to. They expect you to be humble, curious, on time, look sharp, continue to learn and grow, be enthusiastic, and to BE YOURSELF!
4) FOLLOW UP
By the end of your first interview, I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with emotions but the most important thing is YOU DID IT! Now, take time to reflect on the interview; what went well and what would you do differently? Is there something you wanted to mention but didn’t? Following-up with your interviewer immediately after the interview is almost as important as the interview itself. It shows you want the job, gives you a chance to thank them again for their time, you can reiterate the value and enthusiasm you would bring to the organization, and you have a reason to reach out and stay in the forefront of their mind!
It’s recommended you follow up with everyone involved in the interview via email or a handwritten, personal note in the mail.
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