The Interview Problem

We’ve reached the mid-point of March and it’s inching closer to the end of another academic year.  For some, it’s even the end of your collegiate careers. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with a number of students about their resumes.  The next step is using that resume to help get you either an internship or a job.

A good cover letter and resume will get you an interview, but when you are in the room, what do you do?  I was chatting with a colleague the other day and we were discussing this very topic.  The interview can either make or break you with a potential employer.  I’ve been on few interviews and here are five nuggets of advice as you get ready for your own.

1) Be prepared to discuss your weakness- No one is perfect.  Don’t be afraid to admit that you need to work on your pitching to the media or even developing strategic plans.

2) Sell yourself- This is the opportunity to be proud of your past accomplishments.  Don’t be cocky, but tell the interviewer why you’d be a good fit for their firm or organization.

3) Do not ramble- The answers to questions shouldn’t be the length of the State of the Union address.  If you go over two minutes and thirty seconds, it’s too long. Be descriptive, but concise.

4) Do not ask about vacation- The worst thing you can do is say, “How much time do we get off from work?”  That isn’t exactly the way you want to sell yourself.  An employer will already start to think that you don’t want to really work.

5) Be innovative- Impress your future boss.  If you are applying for a job that requires you to work around technology, why not put your portfolio on an iPad and show your skills? It also may not hurt to make sure your blog is on there, too.

Keep in mind that once you get that interview, they want to like you. Don’t give the interviewer a reason not to.

What other interview techniques do you find helpful? Let me know in the comments section!

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About JasMollica

"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!

Posted on March 16, 2011, in Hot Topic, Inspiration, Job Search and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Preparation is sooo important. I would say write down questions you want to ask before the interview because sometimes your mind can go blank when they ask ‘Do you have any questions for me?’

  2. Be honest, be yourself. There’s no point lying about achievements or skills because at the end of the day, it’ll all come out at the end of the day. Sure, a bit of self flattery is important, but don’t say you’ve masterminded a press campaign when all you’ve done is email one journalist and collated the coverage.

  3. These tips are essential. Sometimes we focus so much on job hunting, resume and cover letter writing and we suddenly find ourselves at the interview. We should be natural. The attitude is also vital. It’s about contributing to the success of business and bringing a contribution while achieving goals and not just about getting a job.

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