It’s one of the most exciting seasons of the year… INTERVIEW SEASON! I know I know; this season probably isn’t the one you were most looking forward to, but it’s honestly one of the more important ones (in my opinion!). When it comes to applying to schools, jobs, internships or even clubs and organizations, being able to perform well in interviews is key. So, as a current senior, I’ve been through my fair-share of interviews and have some tips up my sleeve to help you navigate yours!
Tip #1 – Research the company you’re interviewing with
This is #1 on my list because it’s SO important to understand and know all the facts about the company you’re interviewing with before you go into the interview. By doing this beforehand, you will have some context behind what will be discussed in the interview and you’ll be able to prepare more thoughtful answers. Some things to research are the company itself, like what its mission is, what the culture is like, etc. and the role you are interviewing for. One other point of research can be who is interviewing you. Many times, you will be given the interviewers name beforehand, so a quick LinkedIn search may help gain a little background on that person and can help with forming questions to ask them!
Tip #2 – Prepare your answers to more commonly asked interview questions
There are pretty common interview questions that are asked at most interviews, like “Tell me about yourself,” “What is your greatest strength and weakness,” and “Why are you interested in this role.” For all the interviews I’ve ever had, at least two out of these three questions were asked, so before every interview, I would prepare my answers to these questions. I would typically adjust my answers based on the position I was applying to, but I would always be ready to answer these three. Going into the interviews, I would feel way more prepared and confident, which is how you should always feel like going into one!
Tip #3 – Make sure you have questions for the interviewer prepared
At the end of EVERY interview, they will ask you if you have any questions for them and the answer should be YES! You should ALWAYS have questions for your interviewer because it shows you’re interested in the position and enthusiastic. Some of my go to questions include the following: “What is the culture of the company?” and “What do you like most about working for this company?” These two questions are my go-to’s because they help me understand more about the company, which is very important to me, but you could want to know more about something else! Whatever you are most interested in, that’s what you should ask about. If it’s about what a day in the life of an employee looks like or what’s the most interesting project the company (or interviewer) has worked on, then ask that! Just ask something that shows your interest in the company!
There you have it! My top three tips to help you ACE your interviews going forward. Just make sure to prepare and be confident when going into the interview because YOU GOT THIS! Strick a power pose, listen to some of your favorite music, and get in the zone before and go into it and absolutely shine!