How to prep for a job interview

 Job hunting can be a really long and difficult process, and then when you finally get an interview, the process can feel daunting. I’ve had many, many interviews during my undergrad. Some of them went great, and I got the job. Others not so much. That’s ok–it’s all part of the process. You can’t go from success to success, and there are great learning opportunities in job interview missteps. 

A great start is to research everything you can. Find out about the company you could be working for as well as who you’re interviewing with. This is also a time when you can think about if you would like to work there and do the work they do. Through this process, you can figure out ways you’re a good match for them and they are for you. It can be easy to only think about how you are a good fit for them and to forget that they also need to be a good match for you. 

In my interviews, the questions that can be the most difficult to answer are ones that are asking me to generally tell them about myself or about my hobbies. It’s so easy in preparing to get caught up in your major and previous work experience and how these experiences have prepared you for the role. You’re someone your interviewers are going to have to work with, so you should take the time to figure out what you want them to know about you and ways to let your personality shine. 

Other questions that can be easy to stumble on are “Why do you want to work for this company?” or “What makes you suited for this role?” This is where your research comes in. You should definitely know why you want to work there. With these questions, you can highlight your interest in the job. 

Not every interview will be fantastic and lead to a job but having them and preparing as best you can is important. It’s a good idea to form these habits now and to practice. As a student, this is a great time to figure out what you want and to practice how to get there.

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