Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Prepping for a Job Interview

Hello Loves,

So as this school year is coming to a close I decided that it would be a good idea to come up with a series that would help with the whole job/internship search situation. Last week we talked about Resumes and how to build your own, this week I'm focusing on what happens after your future employer loves your resume and wants to meet you: INTERVIEWS! Now these can be really scary but here are some tips that have helped me out. Remember I'm not an expert this is just what I've learned from my life and from many, many different interview workshops.

one//  Practice Makes Perfect
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!! It is so noticeable when you practice your answers as opposed to just sitting there saying "um" "let me think about that" etc. It's not just your answers but your non-verbal cues that need practice. Keep practicing.

two// Have Answers For....
There are some questions that will probably end up coming up. Have answers for the question "tell me about yourself" also already have your strengths and weaknesses figured out. Don't use the typical "I'm a perfectionist" as a weakness, but really think about it and think about how you can spin that into a strength or how you are working on it. There are four types of questions: Resume-related, Behavioral Based, Case Studies, and Brain Teasers.
Know your resume well so you can answer questions about your experience. Behavioral based is something like "tell me about a time when...."  Describe: situationàtaskàactionàresults. As before think of experiences ahead of time so you don't hesitate. Case Studies is when they give you a scenario and ask you how you would handle it.

three// Non-verbal Cues
This is how you present yourself. Everything from how you dress to how you sit to how you shake hands with your interviewer. This is how a person feels about you and how they feel that you took the interview. Keep all these things in mind when interviewing. Arrive early, sit up straight, smile.

four// Have Questions
This is very important! It shows that you have interest in the position and the company. This also shows that you did your research on the company. It is very important to come up with some questions. You can ask about the company culture, the ability to move up in the company, how the interviewer likes the company, etc.

five// Post-Interview Follow Up
Send a thank you note/email. Mention something you talked about in your interview so they can remember you easier. You can follow up with the interviewer about your possibilities but be mindful of time. If they told you they'd get back to you in two weeks don't follow up before that time period. Rule of thumb wait about two weeks before following up.

What are your interview tips?