Interviewing for a job or internship can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience the first time that you have to do it.
The wide assortment of questions – behavioral, situational, task-oriented and more that they may ask you are meant to give insight into who you are as a person and worker and if you are the best candidate for the job. With most interviews being 15-30 minutes long in most cases, it is not always easy to convey everything you want them to know.
The best way to make the most of that time is come prepared to the interview. Become aware of your strengths and weaknesses, what specific experiences you have had in the past that apply to the job that you are trying to get and make sure you have done your background research on the company.
Know the leadership, who you will be working for, the success of the company recently, any setbacks and anything else that you can find. Make sure you search the company name in news sources to find any positive or negative media coverage. Also, there are many websites where employees can leave reviews about their employers. Besides looking at the company website, these type of review websites are extremely important to review. They give you insight to company that only employees can give. Always consider that some of the reviews could be biased due to poor performing employees being fired.
Another great way to prepare is to have your family and friends practice interviewing with you. Some college’s career services centers will give you interview preparation and tips. Take advantage of these services so that you are able to enter an interview with the confidence you need to successfully portray who you are to an employer.
Keep your head up and take the time to really prepare for an interview. At the end of the day, you are simply talking to another person who has definitely been in your shoes before.