There are so many tips and tricks out there to help prepare you for an interview. We’ve all heard it: show up early, dress professionally, have questions prepared beforehand, and so much more. But, what about during the interview? It kind of is the most important part! Here are 3 tips to remember during your interview:
1. Be yourself, well, be your professional self.
In an interview, no matter what the job, they are going to ask questions about your personality. This is your time to show them who you really are. Think of your best characteristics and then think of ways that they apply to the job you want and tell the interviewer about that.
2. Have an elevator speech prepared.
An elevator speech is a 30-60 second speech prepared to answer the question “tell me about yourself”. This is essential to have prepared BEFORE your interview. You do not want to show up to your interview and answer “um, well, I’m a Communication major, um, I’m graduating soon, um, yeah, and that’s about it.” My favorite advice about this topic is to separate the speech into three different parts: your past, your present, and your future. When asked to tell about yourself, talk a little bit about your past (where you grew up, your family, your schooling, etc), then talk more about your present (what you’re currently doing), and end where you want to be in the future (when you’re graduating, what kind of job you want, other big plans you have, etc.). When you combine these three sections, your elevator speech will fall together seamlessly.
3. Nonverbals are essential
What you say in an interview can be just as important as how you say it. Nonverbals do not go unnoticed during an interview. A good interviewer will notice everything you do including if you’re leaning in, your facial expressions, are your arms crossed, and so much more. It is important to make sure that the interviewer knows that you are interested and involved in the conversation. Lean in, smile, nod, keep your arms uncrossed, and show them with your nonverbal communication that you deserve the job.