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Preparing for your dream interview

Sunday, February 25, 2018



Good Morning Sunshine’s, I hope your weekend was just as beautiful as you all are! Mine was very relaxing because it was my first weekend cheer free in 15 years, ahhh still so crazy to think about! But, they always say when one door closes, another door opens. Luckily for me, that second door did not get stuck opening. On Wednesday, I applied for a job I have had my eye on for 6+ years but never had the courage to actually apply. I went into the application with the mind set of “Whatever is going to happen, is going to happen.” 

EEKKKKK, I ended up getting my first interview with them on Friday, like what that’s not even two days after I applied. Again, I still had the mind set going into the first interview that whatever is meant to happen will. I completed my first interview and I made it to the next round of interviews (I still squeal every time I say this). So here I am with the mindset still that whatever is meant to happen will. But in the meantime, I have been prepping for this interview like crazy and I still have four more days until it. While researching and prepping myself, I have found a few pointers that you’ll definitely want to know before going into your interview. I apologize now for the length of this, but there was no short way to explain these points.

First and foremost, do your research. Obviously, you applied to this job/internship/volunteering positon for a reason, you didn’t just apply for the fun of it. If you applied that means you want this position, you want to be a part of this place. So, you have to know about this place before going into your interview. The purpose behind this interview is not only for the company to sell themselves to you, but this is YOUR opportunity to sell yourself to the company and make them realize they need you on their team. If you know the company and the background behind it, you’re going to be able to sell yourself easier. You’ll be able to relate your experience to the company and how it’ll benefit them. So, research, research, research. Make yourself an expert on this company.

Next, make a cheat sheet. Whether you are interviewing in person, over the phone, or video chatting the company, it is always smart to have a portfolio with you. In that portfolio, you are obviously going to have your resume, paper, writing utensils, but, you can also have your cheat sheet. I have created a free cheat sheet for you to follow or fill in or make changes to according to your interview. But if you don’t want to use it, I can give you a few tips on how to make your own. Right at the top of the paper put the word “SMILE,” if you read, you smile, and it shows on your face and in your voice. Unless this company is for sad faces, employers are looking for a friendly face, so having this reminder right off the bat is already setting the tone for your interview. Next, I always leave a space to write down my interviewers’ name. Using their name throughout the entire interview, is going to show that you are engaged and personable. After that, I just put little things I might need right at the beginning or something I want to remember but then I go straight into the questions. I normally write out the highly popular questions asked in interviews and my answers following. Now, even though I wrote them out, it is for my reference, not to read directly off of. If you are reading directly off of something you begin to sound mono tone and sort of like a robot. So, a cheat sheet never hurts, it’s just a little bit of help in case you are too nervous and blank out!

This tip is honestly key or crucial when preparing for an interview. You have to PRACTICE! I probably sound crazy, but practice makes perfect. You weren’t able to excel in school, sports, music, really anything without practicing. So why not practice for an interview? Yeah, they might get easier the more you do, but if this is a dream position, DO NOT chance it by not practicing. I have already practiced twice and plan on practicing at least three more times before Friday. Ask friends, family, professors, anyone you feel comfortable talking to. The more comfortable you feel answering questions, then the more confident you’ll feel going into your interview.  

The last two tips I have, kind of correspond with one another. The first of the two is to be yourself. A company wants to get to know the real you, not someone they think you are or want you to be. A company just wants to get to know the real you to see if you are the best fit for the role. The second tip is to just act like your interviewer is a family or friend you haven’t seen/talked with in a while. This will help you just be yourself because if you think it’s someone you already know then you do not have to put a show on for someone. This will help the interview feel more like a catch-up session, which will really help you be able to sell yourself!

I hope these tips help you ease your mind and prepare for your big interview. Interviews will never get easier or any less scary but as long as you’re confident about them, then you’ll kick butt! For now, I am going to go back to preparing and panicking for my interview this upcoming Friday. Fingers are crossed in hopes that I get an offer! If you have any other awesome tips about interviewing please feel free to share them because I’d love to hear!

Have a beautiful week!



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