6 Job Interview Tips for Students
The prospect of interviewing can be intimidating for students, especially those with limited interviewing experience. Luckily, there are a few key things you can do to boost your odds of securing a job:
- Research the job and employer
It’s pretty obvious when a job candidate hasn’t done his or her homework on a job or employer, and it can give the appearance of not being interested in the job. Do all the research you can on the person interviewing you, the job and the potential place of employment (including websites, press releases, social media networks and job review boards).
- Develop talking points
Most job interview tips are pretty formulaic, and you can expect to field the same kinds of questions (such as these most common questions). While there’s no need to memorize or rehearse question answers, you should develop a list of talking points to touch on that showcases your strengths and skill set.
- Dress professionally
The golden rule of job interviews is that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. That said, choose an outfit that you’ll be somewhat comfortable in and that reflects the corporate culture at your prospective place of employment.
4. Arrive early
You’ll make a first impression before you even speak, which includes whether or not you arrive on time. Allow yourself plenty of time to park or navigate unfamiliar territory so you can arrive at least 15 minutes early.
5. Come prepared
Keep in mind that your interviewer has a full workload to manage aside from interviewing, and make it your mission to make their life easier. Bring extra copies of your resume, references and work samples to have on hand, and be helpful and polite during your interview.
6. Be personable
When reviewing job candidates with similar experience, employers will always choose the candidate that has the best rapport with potential work colleagues. At the very least, have a positive attitude and make good eye contact with your interviewers.