Sunday, January 18, 2009

Interview Tips

It should be easy to talk about yourself right? Well, not always. When it comes to interviews, most of us get nervous/anxious/scared/all of the above. However, these tips from CMU Career Services should help you!

  1. Practice makes perfect. This statement is said often because it's true. Go through mock interviews or practice saying answers to potential questions out loud.
  2. Be knowledgable about your employer and industry. Research online or talk to people who have positions at the company already. Make sure you know these general things: name of your employer, parent company and/or subsidiaries, financial situation of the organization, assets, recent mergers, products and/or services, major competitors, career possibilities and growth history (just to get you started).
  3. If you can't find information for some of the things listed above, make it a point to ask your employer questions. It shows you did your homework and are clearly interested in the organization and position you're applying for.
  4. Be able to effectively listen so you can verbalize your thoughts clearly and confidently.
  5. Think of ways to relate your academic program, skills, and prior work/internships to what your employer needs.
  6. General traits an employer is looking for is poise, enthusiasm and ambition. Employers also look for a person who will take responsibility for their actions and fully commit to their work.

If you keep all of these things in mind, your interview should be a breeze. Oh, and remember, just be yourself (unless you're Chandler; then you may want to cut back on the immaturity).

SONG OF THE DAY: The Fray - Look After You
Today's Scripture: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phillipians 4:13)