Graduation + summer are right around the corner + that means adulting, relaxing, + job searches everywhere. You’ve applied to your dream job + you *finally* have an interview in your planner — it’s time to interview prep. We’re giving you our favorite 5 tips to nail your interview —
1] BRING YOUR RESUME
It might sound self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised about how many people don’t bring their resume to an interview. Ask your recruiter // point of contact how many people will be sitting in the interview — then bring enough for everyone + 2, just in case ; ) Right when you sit down for the interview, ask if anyone needs a copy. You will look prepared, sound confident, + show you are ready for the unexpected. If your panel asks you to run through your resume feel free to reference that extra copy you brought. Avoid reading word-for-word, but allow your resume to guide your story + highlight key elements in your experience for the particular position.
2] DRESS FOR THE JOB // COMPANY
Always dress a bit more formally for an interview than you might think you need. Find an outfit you feel comfortable + confident in, but that you don’t have to tug on or worry about. Remember this is your first impression to your potential employer, so finding an outfit that is true to you + you can sit in for an extended period of time is a must. Try to avoid crazy patterns + eccentric make up. Instead, let your personality, experience, + inner light do the shining. If you’re going through a phone interview, maybe dress as if you were heading into the office. Your tone + demeanor change based on what you’re wearing + you’ll come off even more confident over the phone. You start building your professional presence the moment you say “Hello,” so find an outfit that says, “Hello + I’m ready!”
3] RESEARCH THE COMPANY
Once your appointment is set, go back + research the company. You may have hit a point in your job search where you were applying for any job you were qualified for, or you might need a refresher on the organization. While this is a great way to get your name in front of different faces, now is the time to evaluate the company, just as they have evaluated you. Make sure you know what the company does, some responsibilities of the role, your values align, + that you would be happy working in this organization. There won’t be a quiz, but knowing what you are walking into will help guide your decision. If you’re looking at the company + your values don’t align, it is okay to politely say no to the interview request — you’ll be happier in the long run! While any interview is good practice, you want to avoid wasting the company’s time + your own. Researching the company will help you find questions for your interview + give you a solid foundation of knowledge before learning about the role in more detail.
4] PREPARE QUESTIONS
You will be asked, “What questions do you have for us?” — guaranteed, so with your research prepare potential questions ahead of time. Write them down in your padfolio + take notes as you go through the interview. If you aren’t sure where to start, reference the job posting, ask about their personal experience at the company, or growth opportunities with the role. Any question is fair game, just be sure you don’t ask something they already answered! Take a minute, prepare your thoughts + then fire away. If all of your questions have been answered, ask a follow up around a previous topic or next steps in the interview process. You will show your interest in the company, position, + team dynamic ++ stick out in the panel’s mind when reviewing candidates.
5] SEND A THANK YOU
Yes, you should send a handwritten *snail-mail* thank-you note. A little appreciation goes a long way. When you’re in the interview, ask for a business card ++ // or contact information. At home, grab your stationery + write a quick, but thoughtful thank-you note when you get home. Reference something you talked about, thank them for their time, + let them know you look forward to speaking with them again. If possible, send a note to everyone — if it isn’t, ask the recipient to extend thanks to the others on your behalf. When snail-mail isn’t an option, send an individual electronic thank you note to those who took the time to speak with you.
Your interview is step one towards your dream job. If you still have questions or are nervous, reach out to the VirtCHAARG Post Grad family — they are here to help + want to see you thrive. Good luck + CHAARG On!
+Virginia [@virginia_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG Columbus