Student Guide to Landing a Job (part 5)
An interview is a very important part of the hiring process. When you have read enough about the company that’s going to interview you, have prepared for the common questions and the questions that you want to ask the employer, then you’re almost ready to go to the interview. Few things that you should have in mind before arriving at the interview are:
- Arrive early. Plan your schedule and consider traffic jams. You should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the interview.
- Be polite. Just remain a gentle human being in every situation.
- Make eye contact. It makes a huge difference.
- Dress appropriately. Sometimes it’s appropriate to use a casual style, but most of the time, an official style is preferred. Study the company’s corporate culture before you decide what to dress.
Once you have arrived at the interview, you may feel a little bit nervous. Try to calm yourself down using breath techniques. Tips on how to behave right during the interview:
- Use clear language. Speak clearly, don’t be in a hurry.
- Engage in the discussion. Don’t just rely on responses that you have prepared, but be ready to actively engage in a discussion.
- Be positive and confident. It increases the chances of being hired.
- Remember where you are. Don’t feel like you’re insignificant. Whoever interviews you, rise to his or her level.
Closing the interview
Make sure that you have all the info that you require before you’ve left the office.
- Closing questions. If you prepared your questions in advance or, maybe, some questions arose in your mind during the interview, ask them to clarify all the essential points.
- Further hiring steps. If you don’t know about further steps of the hiring process, ask about this.
- Request contact info. You will need it to follow up.
After the inerview
- Right after the interview. When the meeting is over, you can reflect, no matter if the interview was successful or not. It’s an experience that may help you avoid mistakes in future. Write down the following:
- Who interviewed you?
- What questions did they ask?
- What responses would you have changed?
- What questions remained unclear?
- On the next day. Send a thank-you note to everyone who participated in the interview. Probably, interviewers met lots of people on that day, so it is appropriate to contact them while they haven’t forgotten you.
- On the next week. You can also follow-up the employer a week after your interview if he/she promised to contact you but didn’t. Keep your e-mail brief. If there is no response, accept it and move on with your search.
Never get disappointed with an interview that you find unsuccessful. Every interview brings you more experience. With the right effort, you are bound to find a job of your dream.