How to Prepare For Your First Big Job Interview!

Posted on March 24, 2017

You finally landed that first big job interview – congratulations! Getting the interview is only one piece of the puzzle. The next step is knocking it out of the ballpark and using that interview to seal the deal and make yourself the only candidate on their mind. Here are a few ways to make yourself a very desirable candidate at any job interview:

 

  • Confidence Rules. You never want to come across as cocky or ignorant but you want to have a confidence about you. You want to have nice posture, use your hands when you speak, articulate your words, speak at an appropriate volume, and articulate why you are the best candidate for the position.
  • Understand What They Want. If you aren’t familiar with what the company does or the position they are looking to fill, you are at a disadvantage. If you read about the job posting, were emailed the job posting, or found the posting online – you’d better know that posting and what that company is looking for like the back of your hand. It’s all crucial that you do your homework on the company. Read about them. Learn their mission. Find out what they do and how they do it. If they’ve been in the press recently – read the articles. Never say “I couldn’t find anything.” I call your bluff. FIO – Figure it out.
  • Basic Understanding of Industry. If you are interviewing to work at a television network, they might ask you what your favorite televisions shows are. If you are interviewing at a publicity firm they might ask you which of their clients if your favorite. If you are interviewing at a fashion company, they might ask you who your favorite designers are. Know everything you can about your industry. Read up through magazines, websites, and industry trade publication and educate yourself as much as possible.
  • Show Them You Want It. You don’t want to come across like a stalker or a fan girl but you want there to be no question on whether or not you want to take the position. Your passion and enthusiasm should come through naturally in the interview.
  • Be An Expert On Your Own Skill-set. You are in expert on yourself and your experience– no one else. If the interviewer calls out anything specific that you’ve mentioned on your resume or cover letter, you should be able to dive further into detail and explain the specific experience they are referencing.
  • Hold a Friendly Conversation. If the interviewer starts your interview with small talk – maybe about the weather or the school you went to or the sorority that you are in – go with the flow. You have to be able to hold your own and show that you have the ability to have a conversation. For example, if the employer says, “Oh I see on your resume you went to Penn State so did I!” You wouldn’t respond by saying, “Great.” As that might come off sounding a bit short. Instead you could say, “Really? That’s so funny! Have you been back since you graduated?” You want to prolong the conversation when appropriate.

Good luck on the interview. For more advice on excelling in your first, second, or third job, check out my new book, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD.


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