What is An Interview?

What is An Interview?

Interview Preparation Posted by: GradSiren
Time to Read:   2 min

Once you’ve decided to apply for your first internship or entry-level job, the most important step is creating a cover letter and resume tailored to the company and position you’re applying for. If you do a great job on that first step, you’ll probably be asked to meet with recruiters for an interview.
An interview is your chance to prove that you are the right candidate for the company. Also, at the interview, you can find out more about the company culture and decide whether you will be happy working in that position and company or not.
Here are some things you should know about an interview:

Why you’ve been invited to interview:

The short answer: because the recruiter was impressed by your resume and wants to meet you in person to have a conversation regarding your abilities, skills, and experience. The interview is often the last step before being hired, so it’s your best opportunity to sell yourself. This is the time to show off your best assets and convince the hiring manager that you’re the right fit for the role.
You should focus on the conversation and answer each question carefully and thoughtfully. The interviewer will not only find out more about you and your experience but also about your personality and skills. And during this conversation, you should figure out what the employer needs from you and be ready to explain how you can help them. This is your chance to get that job!

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail:

Preparation is the key to an interview, whether it is your 1st or 10th interview. One of the main goals of the interview is for the company to try to find out some other things about you that weren’t included in your application. Show them that you have leadership skills, and are a very good communicator. If you cannot anticipate specific questions, then prepare your answers for those most commonly asked.
Research the company and learn more details about the position. This will help your recruiter see that your skills are the ones required. And you have a chance to see what kind of challenges you may face in the role.
The recruiter is going to take special note of your attitude about the position, so make sure you’re showing your enthusiasm for both the company and the job. Don’t be afraid to ask the recruiter some questions, and it will help you to see if you will fit in the position long-term. Think of an interview as a conversation where both parties are seeing if there is a natural fit.
It’s ok to be nervous, and natural considering that perhaps you have no experience with interviews before – and even if you have, interviews can be nerve-wracking! With the right preparation and some research regarding the company and job, you will handle the situation perfectly. Be calm and have confidence in your skills and abilities – we know that you can convince the person sitting across from you that you’re the right person for the job!

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What is An Interview?

by GradSiren Time to read: 2 min