So it’s that time of year in Campus Ambassadors when my co-worker and I get to interview new candidates that want to be Ambassadors. My past two weeks have been really busy because every free minute that I am not in class or at work, I am interviewing people. We interviewed close to 50 potential candidates this year!
After interviewing 50 people, I have definitely seen some of the best and some of the worst interviews. Interviews are difficult for both the candidate and the employer because interviewing is a skill that needs to be practiced, but very little do; just because someone does not do well in an interview, does not mean that they are not qualified for the job (or vice versa) but sometimes only one 30 or 60 minute interview is all the employer has to make a decision. Therefore, it is important to do well, which can be very stressful. So to help out, I have done a little research to help you guys out! I’ve complied a list of tips from the Forbes website to help you nail an interview!
Plan and be prepared.
These two go hand in hand, and they are pretty self-explanatory. Do a little research about the company beforehand so you will be more confident in responding to their questions. The more you do ahead of time, the less you have to get ready at the last minute, and the less stressed you will be beforehand.
It is not necessary to memorize exact answers to common interview questions, but it is a good idea to outline points that you definitely want to make in your answers. Think about the message you want to convey.
Arrive early and relax.
Allow yourself plenty of time to find out where you need to go, gather your thoughts, and breathe.
Think of the interview as a conversation.
Your employer is trying to get to know you. They want to see if you will be compatible working together and with the rest of the staff.
Think positively and be confident.
Before your interview, picture yourself doing an incredible job, answering the questions clearly, and impressing them with your knowledge of the company.
Focus on your strengths and your purpose.
Focus on what you want to convey about yourself. You are qualified for the position, otherwise you would not have made it this far. So don’t let nerves strike you out.
Breathe and take your time.
When we’re stressed or anxious, we often begin to take quick and shallow breathes. Take your time. If you don’t know an answer to a question right away, take time to gather your thoughts and form an answer.
Accept the fact that mistakes will happen.
Nobody is perfect. Taking the pressure off now will help you perform better. No employer is looking for perfection, they want to see that you can handle a situation under stress and be flexible as you work through a problem.
Good luck with any future interviews you may have! Have a great weekend Cavs!