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The best interview tips I’ve found
In the wake of the career fair, now it’s interview time for a lot of you, and if it isn’t yet, it soon will be! I combed my vast collection of blogs and books to bring you what I think are the best (and yet maybe least known) interview tips that will help you succeed when you go face-to-face with the people who are thinking about hiring you.
1. Give a firm handshake. Not too firm, and not too floppy, aim for somewhere in the middle. Provide resistance and grasp, but please (please!) don’t cut off circulation. That’s a bad way to be remembered.
2. Body language. Mirror the body language of your interviewer. Keep your hands mobile, don’t sit on them or leave them crossed, use them to gesture appropriately along with what you’re saying. Crossing your arms often comes off as defensive, avoid that.
3. Don’t fidget. Tapping or spinning a pen, bouncing your knee, cracking your knuckles, all these are things I’ve had to endure as an interviewer and they are DISTRACTING from the brilliant things coming out of your mouth.
4. Have a positive mindset. Smile! Mentally game-up for fun and enjoyment of the interview. You’ll come across as more likeable, more relaxed, and your body language will flow more naturally.
5. Nervous? Admit it. Your interviewer will understand, and then they won’t have to wonder later “was she just nervous or is she a completely awkward person?”. And sometimes when you’re honest and authentic the nervousness will fall away.
6. Some questions are best saved. Take this quiz to identify questions to ask in an interview versus questions that you should save until after you have an offer in hand.
7. Memorize terms from your resume. Rehearse your action words like “achieved”, “built”, “created”, “led”, “managed”, “accomplished”, and know what you put in your resume so you can use those examples in your answers. Practice talking about your work over and over and over and over and over…
8. Tune in to the interviewer. Are they interrupting you? Is she checking her phone repeatedly or looking bored? These are signs you need to change tactics a bit. Make your answers more concise, use concrete examples of projects you’re excited about, or ask questions in return to get in touch with why the interviewer doesn’t seem engaged.
Remember, you can do mock interviews with Janet or in the Career Center to practice! Good luck!
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