Last week, I had a mock interview in my Communications class and I honestly think I did poorly. At least, initially. The mock interview started off rocky, with me completely blanking on who I was, my elevator pitch so to speak. After that, once the questions about my work history began, it started to pick up. I became more engaged and interactive with my answers. I had wanted to take these last few days to really absorb how I did and if I had interviewed like that for the actual job, I wouldn’t give me the job, unfortunately. I was reading through the Interview Tips article on Indeed, and it helped me to try and focus on how to present myself properly. The top 5 tips listed were:
- Start by researching the company and your interviewers.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions.
- Re-read the job description.
- Use the STAR method in answering questions.
- Recruit a friend to practise answering questions.
These are a great starting line for going into an interview, because you really want to show that you are invested in the company that you are applying to. Be clear on what your goals are when you are asked and be frank. If you want a specific salary, and you can justify why you deserve that salary, then ask for it. Be honest, be concise, and be fair, both with yourself and your interviewers.
Indeed. (2019). 21 Job Interview Tips: How to Make a Great Impression. Retrieved from Indeed: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/job-interview-tips-how-to-make-a-great-impression