Keep Calm and Ace that Interview!
Hey, guys! So it’s been a while since I've blogged, but I've been waiting for the right inspiration to come along and it finally came to me when I was on Pinterest the other day. It’s that time of the year, where interviews are starting to affect everyone, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student. As an undergraduate student, you might be gearing up for an internship interview, or if you’re graduating in May (so exciting!), you’re probably getting ready for grad school or job interviews! Or if you’re a grad student graduating, then you’re also looking into landing that perfect job with a great interview.
I know that we've all been drilled with interview tips since the moment we entered college, but in the Pinterest pin that I mentioned, I found some interesting statistics on interviews as well as tips that I know I had never heard of before.
The most interesting statistic said that in a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers, 33 percent of those claimed to know whether or not they would hire someone within the first 90 seconds of the interview. With that being said, a first impression is possibly the most important part of the entire interview. In fact, 55 percent of your first impression is the way you dress, act and even how you walk through the door. Another 38 percent of your first impression is determined by the quality of your voice, grammar and confidence. Obviously an employer doesn't want someone that can’t use standard English conventions when speaking and can’t professionally talk as you might be interacting with clients or other professionals on a day-to-day basis. Also along the lines of that, 7 percent of your first impression is the words that you choose to say. If you fumble over words, or even talk too fast or too slow, these all set off red flags to employers that are looking to hire.
I've attached the image for you all to look over because I think it contains some really great tips for everyone to study, but another interesting point that I found were the top 10 mistakes that interviewees make in a interview:
10) Failing to ask for the job (It’s okay to show interest in a position and even ask about when you would hear from the interviewer about the job!)
9) Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates (Chances are the people you are competing against for a job are very similar to you in their experiences and degrees, so what skills or experiences do you possess that will set you apart from the rest of the competition?)
8) “Winging” the interview (Don’t do this! Make sure you do some research on what questions you may be asked and go in knowing what points you want to get across about yourself)
7) Trying to be all things to all people (This just simply isn't possible, we all can’t be Superman or Wonder Woman-just capitalize on your greatest skills and what you know you can do)
6) Concentrating too much on what you want (Yes, the employer wants to hear about your long term career goals, but make sure you are in-tuned to the company in which you are applying for and focusing on that short-term goal)
5) Inadequate research about a potential employer (This is a huge one!! My parents own company and after talking to them, they were instantly turned off of any potential employee coming in who didn't do their research on their company. It shows that you weren't willing to put in 15 minutes of simple online research to learn what the company does, their mission statement, and where they may have offices).
4) Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm (If you want a position and want to be a part of that company, you’ll show interest and enthusiasm in the company and in the potential position - this is a must!)
3) Lacking humor warmth or personality (Kind of obvious but who wants to hire someone who is boring and dull?)
2) Conveying that you’re not over your last job (If you show a new employer that you aren't over the last job you had and that your heart was in the last job then the employer knows if they hire you, you won’t be focused on the new job at hand.)
1) Over-explaining why you lost your last job (A simple explanation as to why you left is all the employer needs, if you come up with a long explanation as to why you left, it might turn them on to think something suspicious went on that they need to look into.)
For more great tips and interviewing strategies, make sure to check out the image! The more you know, the more you can be prepared in a job interview :)