Tackling the Interview

By Tiffany Chin

Summer is approaching and while some people already have internship and job offers, others are still in the process of applying and interviewing for positions. Oftentimes, it can be stressful going into an interview, especially when being interviewed by a high-level manager of a company. However, here are several tips you can keep in mind to make the interview experience less nerve-racking, and possibly even fun.

First of all, remember to come to the interview prepared. Practice ahead of time with career counselors, friends, and families. The more you practice answering different questions, the easier and more natural it becomes. Practicing with someone can help you get feedback on how you can improve your intonation, body language, and word choice. These are little details that you might not necessarily notice about yourself, but are habits you can improve on to make a better impression on the interviewer.

Another method that helps with interviews is to record yourself and take note of the tone in which you speak, body language, and word choice, to get an idea of how you appear to an interviewer. After watching these recordings and taking note of areas you can improve on, make the proper changes, and as you start to become more comfortable with the way you present yourself, you will be more confident in interviews.

Second, remember to breathe. When you are in an interview, it is easy to forget to breathe and pause every now and then, especially if you are very nervous. Breathing is very important for calming yourself down and also for giving yourself a moment to think and process what the interviewer is asking you and how you can answer the question. Oftentimes, when you are put on the spot in an interview, it can seem like you need to respond right away to a question, but know that from the interviewer’s perspective, there is nothing wrong with pausing and taking a moment to collect your thoughts before giving your answer.

Third, and most importantly, understand that an interview is a two-way process that allows for a mutual exchange of information. One the one hand, the interviewer is asking you questions to learn more about your personality, behavior, experiences, and skills, but on the other hand, the interview is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the company and position. It is even beneficial to use an interview as an opportunity to learn about different jobs while practicing your interview skills, especially if you are still in the process of figuring out your career path. Furthermore, know that regardless of whether or not you get the offer, you can turn the interviewer into a business relationship and get advice from that person in the future.

These are some tips that may help ease your nervousness when going into an interview. Remember, not getting the offer is not the end of the world. Sometimes it is just not the right time for you, or the company is not a good fit, but know that these setbacks make it so much more meaningful when you finally get your dream job.

Works Cited

1. Vault. "Preparing for the Interview." Vault. Vault, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <http://www.vault.com/interviews/article/interviewing/preparing-for-the-interview>.

2. Vault. "Practice for the Interview." Vault. Vault, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <http://www.vault.com/interviews/article/interviewing/practicing-for-the-interview>.