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Adulting 101: Successful Interviewing

    • Adulting 101: Successful Interviewing

      Interviews for internships, jobs, and higher education can feel daunting—especially if you’ve never done them. We have resources to fill your interviewing toolbox and help you land the position.

      Interviews for internships, jobs, and higher education can feel daunting—especially if you’ve never done them. How can you prepare? What should you bring? How should you dress? What if the interview is virtual because of distance or COVID-19? Should you send a ‘thank you’ note afterward (spoiler alert: yes!)?

      It’s natural to have questions about the interview process. Even successful CEOs had a first interview and believe me, they didn’t know everything either. The most important thing is to prepare and practice. Research the company or organization. Think critically about how your skills align with the job description. Write down your questions. Bring copies of your resume. Take care with your appearance and dress. Make eye contact. Practice a mock interview with friends or family. These are all ways to ensure you feel competent and confident at an interview—in-person or online.

      Remember, every interview is great practice for the next. Here are some additional resources to fill your interviewing toolbox and help you land the position.

       

      RESOURCES

       

      21 Job Interview Tips: How to Make a Great Impression

      Indeed offers advice on how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up an interview, including providing solid examples of questions to ask your interviewer.

      8 Things You Should Never Do in a First Interview—and One You Must

      As important as knowing what you should do in an interview, is knowing what you should not, such as badmouthing a previous employer. Learn more tips from Fast Company.

      What to Wear: The Best Interview Attire

      First impressions matter and what you wear is a big part of that. Indeed provides basic guidelines on how to dress to impress.

      Top 10 Remote Online Interview Tips During Lockdown

      Forbes provides tips on how to nail a virtual interview, such as testing technology beforehand and dressing from top to bottom.

       

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    • I’m wondering, if I don’t have prior work experience, how have others navigated weaving in stories to support interview questions. What are other experiences that I can use?

    • Hi Ann-Katherine, great question. If someone has no prior work experience, that’s okay. Highlight your strengths and how they’ve been developed through other aspects of your life. Have brothers and sisters that you’ve cared for, talk about how that has made you more responsible, responsive to the needs of others, creative (crafts, anyone?), or any other skill you’ve developed from the experience. Did you lead on a school project? Talk about how you built teamwork, buy in, and worked towards a common goal. Are you an athlete or in a club? Discuss how your participation requires commitment, focus, interpersonal skills, etc. These are just examples and yours should be true to you and your experiences and ideally, connect with that the job or school is looking for in a candidate. If the job requires the ability to multi-task, caring for three kids would definitely apply!

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