So you’ve landed an interview at the company you have been wanting to work at. Now what?
The interview process is one of the most stressful processes we are faced with, whether it's your first or fiftieth, and it is important to treat each interview equally. There are a few tips I have learned along the way that will make the interview process a breeze.
It is important to research the company. Google them and hit the news tab and just see what’s been going on. It's a great conversation starter when you know something about the company that perhaps the interviewer hasn’t brought up.
Secondly dress to impress! It is important you identify the brand image and dress for the interview.
Bring multiple copies of your resume! I honestly bring up to ten resumes just in case they have you interview with more then one person, and never assume that they're going to print out your resume either! These people are very busy, and you're most likely getting fifteen minutes of their day so don’t waste a second!
In classes on interviewing at LIM, everyone asks what types of questions do people get asked on interviews. The most common question is “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and what I have learned is never say that you don't have any weaknesses. You can look up other questions that employers ask online or schedule an appointment with EECM.
The Department of Experiential Education & Career Management (EECM) helps LIM students looking for employment and career guidance. They also provide resume and cover letter help, conduct mock interviews, and host a variety of career-related fairs, workshops, and networking opportunities throughout the year. Additionally, they develop, coordinate, and teach the Experiential Education seminars and internship courses. Email: [email protected]. They also have a blog: http://info.limcollege.edu/career_management.
Finally, it is important to follow up so make sure before leaving you have the person’s email address so you can send a thank you note. This could be the deciding factor of getting the internship or not. Since they took time out of their schedule for you, return the favor and just say “Thank You!”
With these tips I feel confident that you'll be able to get through the interview process without any problems. Just remember to research, bring that resume, and be ready for some quick-fire questions, and don’t forget the thank you! Good Luck!