The job hunt is a scary process. The scariest part is without a doubt the interview. Interviews determine whether or not you get the internship/job that you’re pursuing. Luckily, with the help of Team #FindSpark, Ralph Nader (Talent Acquisition Manager at Viacom), Michelle Corbett (Talent Development & Recruitment at L’Oreal), and Adrienne O’Rourke (HR Recruitment Specialist at Emblem Health) at the What You Need to Know About Interviews panel on May 21st, here are some great tips to remember for your next interview (and yes, you will get an interview).
First Impressions Are Everything
What do employers want to see when you first walk in for an interview? Ralph Nader says, “Energy, confidence, [and] preparedness.” He also brought up the point of there being a huge difference between being prepared and being passionate. Remember, employers don’t want to meet your resume. They’ve already done that. They want to meet you. Are you truly interested in the field that you applied for? Are you going to enjoy the field day in and day out? What sets you apart from the other candidates? These are some of the questions that they are asking themselves. As soon as they see you are honest and passionate about the job and industry, you’re on the right track.
It’s a Conversation
Prepare for the interview, but make sure you don’t sound like a robot. As soon as she sees an applicant, Michelle Corbet says, “I ask what your story is so I can look for the relevant pieces of information that I wouldn’t get from your resume.” It all ties into the first point of finding the balance between being prepared and having passion. Know the corporate culture and be ready to discuss it. But, know that your story is what is going to make the company hire you.
It’s not over after the interview. Sending a follow-up letter is one of the many things a recruiter is looking for. Always thank them for their time and bring it back to the central question, “Why should I hire you?” Instead of sending the typical email, most employers will be blown away if you send them a card. When was the last time you got a card? Think outside of the box! What are your favorite interview tips? Share them in the comments!