Follow these job interview tips and land your dream job.
If the thought of going on an interview causes you to feel butterflies in your stomach; you are not alone. Here are some resources to help.
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Experts recommend spending at least three hours preparing for each interview. Being well prepared for a job or internship interview will not only make a good impression on the employer, but also will boost your confidence and help to lower your anxiety level.
Practice your responses to sample questions ahead of time, sprinkling information from your research of the company and your past experiences throughout your interview. Keep responses concise and specific - 1-2 minutes each.
NOTE: Most people average between 5 and 10 jobs in their lifetime, so it is perfectly It is perfectly normal for graduating seniors to be unsure about career goals. However, in an interview, you must appear focused, even if you still feel lost and confused about your future.
The research and preparation you did before the interview will be helpful here as you discuss the details and finer points of the position. Be prepared to answer questions such as these:
NOTE: Your responses to these types of questions should be honest and positive. If, for example, you do not have experience with a type of computer program, which was mentioned in the job description, you should admit that. However, you can describe how quickly you are able to learn programs or discuss other software that you do know which may be similar.
The four steps in the STAR method are:
S = Situation (Describe the situation: general/specific)
T = Task (What goal were you working toward?)
A = Action (What specific action did you take?)
R = Result (What was the result of your action?)
Keep it positive!
• Related work or internship experience
• Technical interests
• Leadership examples
• Team activities
• Communication skills
• Problem-solving abilities
1. Describe the situation or task. Be sure to provide enough detail to make the situation clearly understood. This situation can be from a previous job, volunteer experience, classroom project, or any relevant event.
2. Action. Describe the action you took and be sure to focus on your own actions, not the actions of others. Even if you are describing a group project or effort, detail what you did rather than focus on the efforts of the team. Don’t tell what you might do; tell what you did.
3. Results. Explain what happened? What did you learn for next time? How did this help the group you worked with?
• Your answers should be complete and formulated in a logical, orderly manner. Generally, responses should last only 1-2 minutes.
• If you don’t understand the question, ask for clarification.
• NEVER interrupt the interviewer.
• Take a moment or two to think before answering the question. This will prevent you from using filler words like "uh, um, yeah, like..."