The dreaded interview

February 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm (Comm 2322 Topics of the Week)

Interviewing can sometimes be very stressful. For graduates who are entering into their field for the first time, it is discouraging, however it doesn’t have to be. In the past week I have gained useful information on how to conduct yourself in a job interview.

Now, I’m looking at this from a woman’s perspective however men should be mindful to keep composure when asked the dreaded “What are some of your weaknesses?” question. Quite frankly, the best way to answer this is to answer honestly. If  you have an issue with time management then make sure to tell the interviewee, but spin it off into a good thing if possible. When you begin to feel nervous, focus on why you are there and how you are a fresh new employee with a lot of ambition and energy to handle not only the interview, but also the job.

Remember that you are going into an interview in an effort to provide a service to that company. Yes, you are there to get a paycheck, but try not to view the situation revolved around you. This is going to help you score in an interview. Look at it like “What can I do for my employer?” instead of “What is my employer going to do for me?”

I read an interesting article on some tips to interviewing. Some were surprising, such as the tip on mirroring the interviewee.  This might be beneficial to you if you are truly in a uncomfortable spot.

Also, be sure to check out a basic list of Do’s and Don’ts for a job interview. I particularly agree with the pointer on not chewing gum during a professional interview.

When creating a resume, be sure to use active verbs. I have attached a list here to help with that process. Include your high school if you would like, and any jobs that you kept during your college years. This will be a good sign that you are responsible with keeping up your grades while maintaining a steady job.

Keep your chin up and tuck in those shirts. Everything will come together nicely once you get the hang of it. Most of all, go with confidence.

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2 Comments

  1. iapender said,

    Hey I just wanted to let you know that I added a link to your blog on my homepage blogroll. Hopefully you’ll get some more traffic! I think the tips about researching your interviewer are great, but I’ve recently thought of another thing to consider before an interview: why do you want to apply for this position with this company? As I’ve applied for internships, I’ve realized that they could all be pretty much the same job description. If I tell the interviewers why I want this spot with ____ company, then they will know that I’ve done my research and thought about why their company is so important to me. Just a thought!!

    • ang4546 said,

      Hey! Thanks! I appreciate that. That is a great tip, I’ll be sure to keep it in mind when I’m looking into internships this summer.

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