5 Tips for Interviewing

Whether it’s for a summer internship, part-time job, or co-op, interviews are unavoidable–but they definitely don’t have to be painful or nerve-wracking! As a senior, I’ve been through multiple interviews for my co-op searches. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:

  1. Practice, practice, practice!

As with anything, the more practice the better. It’s important to get used to answering interview-type questions that you may be asked. You can practice with a friend or with a co-op advisor. There are also multiple resources at NUCareers, including mock interviews with a counselor. With more practice, you’ll start to get comfortable with the interviewing setting and thinking on your feet.

  1. Find comfortable professional clothes.

Most of the time, an interview will require business formal. If it’s something you’re not used to, be sure to find an outfit that is professional, yet comfortable. The point is to eliminate factors of discomfort and distractions, you don’t want to be thinking about how uncomfortable your shoes are during your interview. Looking and feeling great can be the boost in confidence that you’ll need to make a good first impression.

  1. Be prepared.

Arrive to your interview a little early. This way you won’t feel rushed from the entrance straight to your interview. It will also give you the time to get a feel of the workplace and calm any pre-interview nerves. Make sure you know your resume inside and out because anything you put on there is fair game! Be sure to bring extra copies for your interviewer and for yourself. And, don’t forget to bring a pen and notebook to take any notes.

  1. Show that you want to be there.

If you’re interviewing for a position that you’re really interested in, show it! Do some research about the company and position beforehand to prepare specific questions about the work you’ll be doing and the workplace culture. It shows that you’re engaged and seriously considering the job. Make sure you get some contact information from your interviewer in case you have any further questions and to send a quick thank you note for their time.

  1. Stay true to yourself!

An interview is a two-way street. While they’re seeing if you’re the right candidate for them, you should be determining if this is the right place for you! During your interview, you might find that the position isn’t what you thought it was or that this isn’t exactly the workplace culture or lifestyle you want, and that’s fine! I’ve definitely been to interviews where I couldn’t imagine myself working there. Everyone has different expectations for their job and the environment they want to work in. Stay true to your wants and needs and you’ll likely be happier wherever you land.

As you continue through more interviews, you’ll start to get into your own preparation process for interviews. I promise it gets better and less nerve-wracking the more interviews you do. It will all be worth it when you land the position that you’ve always wanted. Don’t forget to smile and breathe!


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