Interviewing for the Job You Desire

By Kori A. Clay

Prepping for an interview is similar to prepping for a test. You memorize, use your Quizlet, and you run through a ton of old practice exams.

The point is to study so much that you’re over prepared.

This starts with research. If you’re applying for an internship or job you need to know the basics. The most impressive interviews are the interviews that don’t even seem like they’re interviews. That may seem confusing, but the point is to make it conversational. If you research, you can amaze the interviewer and make your interview stand-out amongst the crowd of applicants.

After you research, develop concrete answers that you can tailor to the 4 basic questions that people ask for:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
2. What do you know about our company?
3. What will you bring to our company?
4. Why are you interested in working here?

For the most part, they won’t always be these questions but they will be extremely similar. They want to know what your strengths are, if you actually care about what you’re applying for and your ability to relate what you’re doing now to the job.

Once you research and tailor your answers, you put yourself above over half of the people who applied. Increasing your chances of getting hired by doing something that takes under an hour.

And when the interview day comes all of your attention will be on your interview jitters. One suggestion I have is to meditate. Meditation helps clear your head and calm your nerves. My go-to app is Calm, and before any big event it allows me to focus and go in with confidence.

Confidence in an interview will always be key. Follow these steps and the results will soon follow!

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