Recently a lot of people have been asking me, how I do my interviews because of all of the recent opportunities I have been afforded. So I love interviewing. Sure right before I am a nervous wreck, but very many professionals have told me that I interview very well. So if it’s a phone interview, or a in person interview. Here are some tips I have!
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview time. Often times I do 30 minutes before to make sure they know I was not only on time, but early. Its just nice so that they know that you value their time enough not to be late.
- Go into it with confidence! Make sure they feel like you are 1000% sure of yourself, even if you’re not. If you don’t know something, say “I don’t know but here’s what I think.” And be yourself, because when you pretend to be somebody else, it confuses employers. Also with confidence, where business clothes! This is extremely important. But if you’re not comfortable in heels, don’t wear them: wear professional looking flats. Nothing is worse than a young lady wobbling into her interview.
- Do your research on the company. Make sure you know what the company stands for, and how they incorporate their mission into what they’re doing today. Be sure to have at least two follow-up questions, when they ask “Do you have any questions?” Be sure to also bring your resume and business cards (if you have them) with you!
- Practice, practice, practice! Go over some mock interview questions and answer them in front of the mirror. (That’s what I do.) You don’t want to sound rehearsed, but prepared. Also this is cheesy but when you are in the interview smile! Even if it’s a phone interview!
- FOLLOW UP with the company. After your interview, wait 24-32 hours and then send them a thank you card. Just go to Walmart and get a pack of ten blank cards and then HANDWRITE your thank you note! Trust me! It will leave a lasting impact on the employers, and that little gesture may bump you up to the next level.
The more you interview the better you will get at it. Just remember you can do it and relax!