So, you’ve gone through the first 5 steps of your campus job search, and you just got invited to interview for a position. Congratulations! This is already a big deal, but now you have to make sure you’re prepared to wow your potential future employer. It may seem daunting, but if you keep these four tips in mind, your first impression will be a great one.
1. Re-read the job description: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s definitely worth repeating. You should walk into the interview with a strong understanding of the position and of the office where you’re interviewing. If you find there’s a gap in your understanding of the job, make sure to clarify that in the interview.
2. Be prepared to talk about yourself: Employers will often ask you to talk about your previous work experience or any academic, volunteer, or extracurricular experience that may be relevant to the position you’re interviewing for. They might also ask you specific skills you learned from that experience. It may feel uncomfortable to talk so much about your achievements, but you got the interview for a reason. This is your chance to breathe life into your resume.
3. Prepare at least 5 questions: If you don’t ask questions, you might come off as uninterested, but you should also expect that your interviewer will answer some of your questions before you have a chance to ask them. Even if you feel like you understand the position, you still have to ask questions. You’re smart. You can come up with something.
4. Comb your hair and brush your teeth: I can’t stress how important it is to show up to your interview looking put-together. You may be able to show up to class in sweatpants and whatever shirt you picked up off the floor (not that you should!), but if you try to do that for a campus job interview, you’re going to come across as lazy and disorganized. If you’re unsure what to wear, try calling your mom.
Good luck with your interview! If you have more questions about landing a campus job, feel free to contact me.