Your resume helped you get noticed and that's cause for a little celebration! Now it’s time to think about preparing for your interview. We want you to succeed through the interview process and beyond so we have got some tips to help you make the most of that opportunity. Here are 5 things to help you rock your interview.
Make sure you prepare. Think through the things in your career that make you proud, those shining standout moments, then tie these moments and personal qualities together. Be clear and concise. The key to a good interview is having your story down before you ever walk in the door, which leads to tip
Tell your story for each of your proud career moments, develop the story of that moment and your success, then practice telling that story until it sounds like you are having a conversation with a friend or family member. Paint a complete picture with the story by including a beginning, middle, and end. In interviewing language, a complete story is what we call a STAR. Sure the interviewer will ask follow-up questions if you leave something out, but the more you prepare your story the better you will be able to showcase your great skills and experience.
Keep it simple. Make the story you are sharing is easy to understand. Think of the best way to tell it without getting bogged down in details or using acronyms. Remember, the person you are interviewing with may not have the same technical expertise as you, so practice by sharing your stories with someone who is not in your field. Do they understand what you are saying? Do they think it is a complete story or STAR ?
Make it relevant. An important lesson for any storyteller is to know your audience. You have done the research on the company and you have studied the job description. That is great, but to dig a little deeper look at the company values which are usually on their website. Number Five. The most important bit of advice and the one that is most often overlooked, how you tell your story is just as important as the story itself. The more you practice the more natural and easy it will be to share. You may want to consider videotaping yourself. It may feel awkward but playing it back and watching yourself can help you adjust or modify your story and delivery. It is worth it, in order to feel confident on the big day. We are here to help you do your best.
To prepare for an interview, record yourself speaking to camera. Doing this you might feel when under the pressure of an interview. By running through potential questions ahead of time, you can feel prepared and relaxed during the real interview.