How to Interview like a Pro: Tips from a Local Recruiter
For most people, an interview creates a lot of stress and anxiety—it is an intimidating way to make a great first impression. For most employers though, the goal of inviting an applicant in for an interview is to get to know them. It’s a meeting based around discovery. We want to know who you are and if you could successfully fit in with the culture of our organization, the position, and the department. We also want you to ask questions that can help you make a decision about whether our company is the right place for you.
Quick tips for standing out & having a successful interview:
- Dress for the job you’re applying for. It’s okay to ask what the dress code is when you’re scheduling the interview.
- Make eye contact, smile, and shake the interviewer’s hand.
- Bring a few copies of your resume with you to the interview.
- If you have a samples of something that relates to the position you’re applying for, have it on hand (i.e. for a graphic design position, bring some of your design work).
- Don’t over-think things. Trying to perfect every sentence comes off as robotic.
- Be natural and be yourself; it is okay to smile and laugh! We can sense when an applicant is putting on a façade.
- Work experience and qualifications are important, but they’re not everything. We’re trying to find someone who “fits” in with the department and the company as a whole. Try to find something in common with the interviewer and make an emotional connection.
- As the interview wraps up, ask what the next steps are. In most instances, recruiters are happy to let you know where they are in the hiring process and when you should expect to hear back.
~Myra Fundis, UVM ‘11
Human Resources Wellness Specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
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Savvy Seniors: Interview Like a Pro: Tuesday, March 18, 12-1pm at the Hub