Recently I have had several interviews for the upcoming summer and also for post graduation, which is pretty scary. I can definitely tell my interviewing skills have increased significantly since freshmen year, which is a fantastic thing. I was pretty awkward. Here are some tips that I think are valuable when interviewing:
1. Smile, always. Not in a fake, robotic way.
2. Everyone says this, because it’s so true! Research the company beforehand. Write out questions so that you will remember them. This is also your chance to interview your potential employer. Knowing about the company will allow for a good conversation- which I prefer over questions any day!!
3. Make yourself stand out to the recruiter. They interview hundreds of students on several campuses.
4. If it’s behavioral interviewing you better have examples ready, it’s challenging on the spot. Most common questions I have been asked:
-Tell me a time when you worked with a diverse group of people and what challenges did you face?
-Tell me a time when you had difficulties with management and how did you overcome that?
-Give me a time when you had a dissatisfied guest and how did you solve that?
-what are your strengths and weaknesses? (ALWAYS say how you’re overcoming your weaknesses)
5. For me, it’s time to look at the bigger picture- companies. Who will I work for in just 8 short months? Do I like what they stand for, do I have to relocate far from home, what is the company culture, what is the salary, is there room for growth??
These are questions I like to ask the recruiter. This is a huge decision and I want to know all of the details.
6. Find the alums. I always reach out to alum who are currently working for a certain company. They will give you honest information about the company and if they enjoy their job.
7. And of course, send a thank you note or email in a timely fashion. If it’s an email, I attach my resume again. PDF format, so they can’t see my margins are .05 inches… Although if they’re reading this post, they will know.
Interviewing is always a challenge for me, and I usually feel uneasy and nervous. I have had success with these guidelines. I think the most important one for me is to just try and have a conversation, it takes a little bit of the pressure off of the “interview.” Recruiters know students are nervous, but make am impressions with a firm handshake, a smile, and your business card ready.
UD printing does a great job making business cards, that’s where I got mine, and every recruiter is impressed that I even have business cards but also that they are legitimate.
Good luck to the blue hens seeking jobs and internships!