Students, how to impress in an interview
July 10 2017, 0 Comments
There comes a time in your life when you have to get an internship or a job and you have to go to an interview. It’s quite stressful as you really want to get the position you applied for. No matter how prepared you are, you’re a bit nervous, even though you try to hide it. Deep down inside, you’re shaking, your heart is racing, oh, and your hands are sweating, too. You try your best to stay calm. It’s hard, but you really want this job, so you need to impress the interviewers. Below are some tips that will help you get through the interview successfully.
Any interviewer wants to hire someone who is passionate about the position that they’re offering. You should show them that you’re eager to work for them and explain why you’re a suitable candidate. However, it’s important not to oversell it. You should not exaggerate, as they will know you’re not being genuine.
Get informed about the company
It’s important to show interest in the company. In order to show you really want the job, you should read some information about the company, or maybe even some recent news in the company’s market. Show them that you know your stuff and that this is not just an ordinary interview for you. Read about what skills they’re looking for and what the company values, and use them to your advantage. The small things will get you the job, and you never know what detail might convince them to hire you.
People tend to remember things better if they’re put in to a context. Use stories to talk about your skills as opposed to simply enumerating them. You can rehearse these anecdotes beforehand, just so you don’t stutter during the interview. However, don’t memorise them like a poem; interviewers don’t like to hear rehearsed lines. It’s essential that you remain as natural as possible without going into extremes.
Find ways to be memorable
You have to always keep in mind that you’re not the only candidate for the job that you have applied to. There are also other people, competing for that same spot that you want to get. At the end of the day, interviewers have many people to choose from, and if you’re not memorable, you might not get the job. How can you make them remember you? Well, it’s quite simple. When they start the interview, they might ask a simple question like: how are you today?. Your goal is to think of a creative answer that won’t sound too weird, but will make them remember you.
Even though the main goal of the interview is for them to get some answers from you, you should also ask some questions. The whole process should be like a dialogue, as opposed to an interrogation. After all, interviewers are also humans. Think about some things you would like to know about the company. Maybe you want to know about the values, the work ethics, free time, the structure of your would-be team. Think of something appropriate, yet interesting. It might even be the thing that will make you memorable.
With these tips in mind, all you need to do is choose an appropriate outfit, leave your worries at home, and head off for a great interview. If you’re relaxed, you have more chances to succeed. Remember, 80% of getting the job is showing up (on time)!
This article was written by Andre Franco of Uniplaces, a student accommodation provider which aims to become the global brand for students. Uniplaces offers student accommodation in 32 cities in 5 countries all over Europe and makes it super easy to book accommodation when you go studying abroad.