How to ace your interview
December 8, 2011
So you landed an interview for an internship or job. Now what? The Marquette Journal talked to the College of Communication’s internship coordinator, Sheena Carey, and assistant professor Jeremy Fyke, to gather the best interview advice. Follow this guide and you’ll be on the way to the job of your dreams.
Handshake – Remember to give your interviewer a firm handshake. There’s nothing worse than a dead fish handshake or a death grip. A solid handshake and eye contact demonstrate professionalism and establish a level of comfort.“It’s important to consider the handshake, as a social greeting ritual, as one of the first chances you get to make the all-important first impression with a prospective employer,” Fyke said.
During the interview –Fyke said one of the most important things that can help a job candidate stand out in interviews is specificity.
“It’s simply not enough to say, ‘I’m an effective communicator.’ Give an example of what effective communication looks like in your experiences,” Fyke said. “Are you good at leading meetings, giving presentations, and being persuasive? Share these examples, and try to apply them to a work situation so the employer can see what you can bring to the organization.”
Professional attire –Dress toward the conservative side. Take the time to do your hair. Double-check to see if your skirt is an appropriate length; it should touch your knees if you are sitting. Nice slacks and a button-down shirt is always a good look. Gap and Banana Republic are plentiful with business attire, and they have great sales.
What to bring to your interview:
– Cover letter
– Business cards
– Pen and paper
– 3-4 samples of your best work
After the interview – Follow up with the company and your interviewer. Send a handwritten thank-you note thanking the employer and telling him or her what you learned. Also, include a reminder about why you’d be great for the job. Chances are, multiple people are applying for the same position, so remind your interviewer how interested you still are.