The keys to a successful interview are preparation and practice. Knowing what employers are looking for and what to expect during the interview process will help you prepare and ace your next interview.
Research is critical in preparing for an interview. Employers consistently provide feedback to Barnard which emphasizes that the best candidates are the individuals who have done their homework on the company and the job before the interview.
Practicing answers to questions is extremely important when beginning to interview for any job. You want to make sure you have thought through the major “why” questions and that you are prepared to answer them. For example,
Write your answers down to some of the general questions that you know each employer will likely ask. Practice answering questions out loud. It may feel awkward at first, but the difference between how an answer sounds in your head and how it comes out when you are nervous in an interview can cost you major points. Barnard Career Development offers mock interview appointments with career counselors.
Employers want to know that you have a desire to work with them. A great way to continue to sell yourself in your interview is to end with a bang. When the interviewer asks you to fill the last 10 minutes of an interview with questions you’d better be prepared. Based on your company research, prepare a list of questions you could ask your interviewer. Don’t forget, an interview is a two way street. While impressing an interviewer with your knowledge and charisma, you also need to explore whether this opportunity and environment will be a positive step for your career.
Learn how to make a good impression, sell your skills, and ask insightful questions during the interview.
First impressions can make or break you! Before you even enter the interview room, remember the following tips:
Once all of the introductions are made and the small talk is over you’ve got about 20 minutes until the interviewer turns the questioning over to you. How do you best control the situation? This is where your preparation will pay off.
It’s not over until you leave the building. Shifting gears into the final stretch, most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions for them. THIS IS STILL PART OF THE INTERVIEW! Pull out those questions you have already prepared and use your best stuff. Also, don’t be afraid to improvise based upon some of the issues that were discussed during the interview. This is a great way to demonstrate your listening skills and your enthusiasm.