Now that I am getting closer to graduating, I have had the privilege of going on a few interviews for internships and jobs pertaining to my career goals.
Interviews can be very nerve-wracking, and if we let the nerves take over, we can potentially wreck the interview and with that our chances of landing the dream job.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve been very successful when it comes to interviews. I would say I’ve landed 100% of the jobs I really wanted.
There was one particular interview that I failed miserably at. This interview was for a front desk job at a body enhancement clinic. I was flat broke and needed money so I decided to get a job anywhere as long as it payed well. When she asked the dreaded “why do you wanna work here” question, I looked at her in the eye and told her whatever I could come up with. In that moment, I knew she saw right through my BS and could tell that I did not really want to work there for any specific reason other than money. She thanked me for my time and we both knew we would not be seeing each other ever again.
The reason why I bring up the clinic interview is because that experience taught me that I will only work hard for something that I am actually passionate about. I’ve been lucky enough to get hired on the spot at many of my past jobs, and gain a lot of experience which has helped me become the person I am today.
So in honor of honoring our passion and following our dreams, I present to you today’s Tuesday tips: Preparing for Interviews:
- RESUME AND COVER LETTER: This is the most important aspect of an interview. This is the first glance a company has of you and it can either be tossed in the trash or make someone interested in you and reach out. You need to spend a lot of time altering your resume and cover letter to your desired employer’s needs. While in school, I learned that your cover letter should consist of three paragraphs. The first one should state the position you are applying to and how you heard about it. The second paragraph should state your qualifications as they apply to the position description. For example, if you are applying for a management position then you should explain what you’ve done to motivate and or mentor a team or staff. The third and concluding paragraph should close with a statement of interest and desire to interview. Do not forget to include your contact information, don’t make them look for you because most companies won’t. When it comes to resumes, I make sure to have mine be as descriptive as possible, and start my sentences with action verbs or adjectives such as creative, persistent, organized, created, organized, assisted. Make sure to have your qualifications and education at the start of your resume, so employers know who you are.
- RESEARCH: Research the company you want to work for. I feel like most employers find it impressive when a candidate already knows so much about the company and the company’s mission. It also allows the interview to be more about you and your skills. Use your stalking skills an follow them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.
- PRESENTATION: Look your best! This is also very important. You wouldn’t show up to a first date with sweats or no makeup on? Once you are hired you can get a feel of the dress code and adapt to it. Also, don’t dress up like you are going to a nightclub. I usually wear a conservative dress, blazer or cardigan, black pumps with minimal jewelry and natural makeup. I also smile and make a lot of eye contact. I engage in conversation and usually since I am well prepared this happens naturally without effort.
- POTENTIAL QUESTIONS: Think about questions your potential employer may ask you. Think about how you’ve dealt with some non-gracious customers or co-workers or how you lead a entire sales team to reach your company’s goal. Think about some of your past interviews and questions you were stumped on. Also, think about questions you can ask your potential employer. Such as what a normal day at the office looks like or details pertaining to your expected duties.
- THANK YOU NOTES: Send thank you notes via email within 2 days! Asks for business cards if you don’t have your potential employers email address. Even if you don’t get the job, you may have made an impression and can be considered for another position.
- CLEAN UP YOU SOCIAL MEDIA: This is a no brainer, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents or kids to see. What goes on Facebook, stays on Facebook, even if you think you’ve deleted it. Your social media represents you, do not let it be sloppy.
Good luck on your interviews and hope this post helps you prepare!