Step 3: Job Interviewing
Here are some great tips and strategies for succeeding in job interviews.
Learn to Research Companies.
One of the secrets of great interviewing is knowing something about the company where you are looking for a job. It’s amazing how far a little information can go in creating a positive impression. Plus, common interview questions include, “Why do you want to work here?” and “What can you tell me about our company?” How do you find that information? Check out the resources within Quintessential Careers: Guide to Researching Companies. For a more general guide to conducting research, see our article, Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Companies: How to Conduct Job-Search Research.
Practice, Practice, Practice… Your Interviewing Skills.
How do you get better at interviewing? By repeated preparation and interviews. Here are some avenues to gain more experience and practice.
- Learn all you can about job interviewing. If you have never been on a “real” job interview, you might want to start your preparation with another of our tutorials, Job Interviewing Tutorial for Job-Seekers.
- Prepare for interview by developing responses to typical interview questions. We have more than 150 of the most common job interview questions — along with sample good responses — in our Job Interview Questions Database.
- Conduct mock interviews. Most college career centers provide opportunities for students to participate in practice interviews with a career counselor. Besides the experience of the actual interview, you will also get some detailed feedback about your interviewing strengths and weaknesses. Read our article, Best Bet for Job Interview Prep: Rehearsed, Mock, and Videotaped Interviews.
- Participate in on-campus interviews. Numerous companies visit college campus to recruit graduating seniors, and while we are not advocating participating in any and all interviews, you should definitely take the opportunity to interview with some of these companies and gain more confidence and experience.
- Review lists of frequently asked interview questions. There are many lists of typical questions interviewers ask and what you need to do is get a hold of one of these lists and prepare your responses. You can find such a list at Quintessential Careers: Traditional Employment Interview Questions.
- Develop a set of questions to ask the employer. A good interview is not complete without the job-seeker asking a few questions of the employer. What types of questions should you ask? Read: Questions You Can Ask at the Interview.
Remember Confidence and Enthusiasm When Interviewing
These two attributes are key to successful interviews. Smile, project your voice, make solid eye contact!
To find other resources, tips, and tools about interviewing, visit Quintessential Careers: Interviewing Resources for Job-Seekers.
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