Acing your interview

You’ve just landed yourself an interview at the company of your dreams. As the excitement begins to wear off, the nervousness starts to set in. Interviewing may seem like a daunting task to some, but with the right preparation, it can be done with flying colors. Here are four tips I follow during the interview process.

1. Do your homework. I cannot stress this enough. It is extremely important to do the research before an interview. If you know the name of the individuals you are going to be interviewing with, then check out their LinkedIn profile, search their name on Google, read their blog and so on. Don’t forget to explore the company’s website. If it’s an agency, be familiar with their clients. What awards has the company won? The more you know before the interview, the better prepared you will be to ask questions during the interview.

2. Look sharp. I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but it’s true, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” First impressions are very important in the interview process, so it is important that you look professional. I once read that an employer judged applicants by their shoes. If individuals took the time to polish their shoes, it showed that they paid attention to detail. If your resume is top-notch, then shouldn’t your appearance be too?

3. Take notes. There is no way you will be able to remember everything you discuss during the interview, so it’s imperative you bring along a notebook to write down important information you learn during the interview. This is especially significant during an informational interview. Perhaps the employer mentions a new client or describes the company’s corporate culture. This information will come in handy when it comes time to narrow down your internship/job search.

4. Follow up. The interview process does not end as soon as you leave the interview. A well-written thank you note is essential. Be sure to refer to the notes you took during the interview to mention a few points that grabbed your attention. Be as specific as possible, and take the time to show that you really listened to what the employer had to say. Most importantly, be sure to illustrate that you would be a great fit for the company.

Stephanie Cohen, Member

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