College + Career

Tips to Ace any Job Interview!

Finding a job that aligns with your career goals is half the battle, the other half being to impress the recruiter to secure that position. The following tips will position you in making sure you give yourself the best chance at being selected:

1.) Make sure you have the necessary qualifications and apply for jobs that align with the skillsets mentioned on your resume

Recruiters top priority is making sure you are a right fit for the position and that starts with having the degree and skill requirements listed on your resume. Make sure to read the description carefully because some openings only want a certain major or year which can automatically disqualify you from being considered. Besides having the required qualifications, it’s also important to have a few of the preferred qualifications added in your resume to stand out among competitors. This will set you up for the best chance at impressing your recruiter. 

2.) Research the company beforehand

Doing research shows that you prepared for the interview and helps recruiters see that you are serious about the position and the company you are applying for. Mention the research you have done during the interview when asked or at the end, ask questions that show you have done you research. This will impress employers and elevate yourself from other applicants. 

3.) Apply the STAR method of answering interview questions for behavioral interviews and PRACTICE

For most interviews (besides technical interviews), employers will ask you behavioral questions about a situation such as “Tell me about a time you had to overcome a problem”. It is important to answer using the STAR method which starts with describing the situation. Then you describe the task you had to accomplish, the action you did to accomplish the task, and the result of the situation. Before hearing about this method, I stumbled during all my interviews and never got a call back from any employer, but afterwards I found myself having MUCH more success and confidence. I have included some common questions I have been asked below. You can also search up more common questions and answers to prepare yourself…it is important to PRACTICE a lot!

  • Tell me about yourself
  • When was a time you had to overcome difficulty?
  • When was a time you had to lead a group?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?

4.) Follow up your interviewer with a follow up email within 24 hours

It is important to follow up with an email to thank your recruiter which will only have a positive impact in their decision. Recruiters like to know that you are serious about the position and following up on people is important in any job. You can find templates of how to organize your thank you email online. Make sure to do it within 24 hours so that the interview is still fresh in everyone’s minds. I have had 2 internships in college, and I made sure to follow up with my potential employer both times.

5.) Ask questions at the end of the interview

Asking relevant question that pertain to the position and company is important to let the employer know you are highly interested in the position. Some questions I like to ask at the end include:

  • What are the day to day tasks of the position? 
  • What is the culture of the company like?
  • What is your favorite thing about working for —?
  • How is feedback given? 

Let me know in the comments about your interview experiences and what you do to prepare for interviews!