If you have an interview scheduled over Thanksgiving break (or any other break from school), remember to keep these tips in mind. You might want to lie on the couch all day, but don’t let that laziness come through when speaking to a potential employer.
1. Be thoughtful.
Sometimes you get so focused on answering the question properly and not hesitating, that you speak quickly and almost come across as if you were programmed to answer in a specific way. Make sure you pause when you speak so that your answers come across as thoughtful and as though you’ve put some time into your answer.
2. Ask interesting questions.
At the end of the interview, you should always have at least two questions prepared for the employer. Instead of asking really basic questions, ask something that shows you’ve done your homework and really examined the inner-workings of the company. Your questions should impress the employer and show how well-prepared you are for the interview.
3. Connect your experiences to the position.
Whenever you are asked to describe a previous experience and what you learned from it, go the extra mile and explain why that experience makes you the right fit for this job.
4. Watch the tangents.
When asked a question, you want to answer it completely, but you don’t want to come across as too scattered. Make sure to not get too far off topic, especially when providing an example or telling a “story” as a means to better answer a question.
5. Hold the employer’s attention.
In the case of phone interviews, you have to fight for the attention of employers. They are most likely at their desk with papers in front of them and their computer buzzing away! Keep your answers to-the-point and relevant.
6. Turn up the volume.
If the employer cannot hear you or feels that you are speaking too low, he or she might be hesitant to hire you. Even if you feel shy or intimidated, you have to speak up during the interview and try to hide that nervous energy. The employer must be confident that they can put you on the phone with anyone.
7. Have relevant experience ready.
The employer is going to ask you about relevant work or internship experience that makes you the best person for the job. Have an example of this ready to go. You can also use on-campus experiences as examples.
8. Write a thank-you note.
As soon as you leave that interview, write the employer a quick thank-you note. Thank him or her for taking the time to speak with you and reference something you spoke about during the interview. Send it in the mail!
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