by Brittany Bush, Head Editor, INALJ West Virginia
Un-rack Your Interview Nerves: prepping makes perfect
As someone who tends to fly by the seat of their pants, formal interviews can be nerve racking. Because of this, it is important to begin preparing for your upcoming interview as soon as you are presented the opportunity. The following list will give you somewhat of a course of action upon accepting the interview proposal.
1. Copies, copies, and more copies! – When readying for your interview, it can never hurt to have multiple copies of any and all information that you believe the hiring manager may find helpful. If you do not know the number of people you will be interviewing with, the general rule of thumb is to bring at least 3-5 copies of your resume. While your cover letter and references may be of less demand, it is always good to have multiple copies for those just-in-case moments.
2. Practice makes perfect! – Although there are hundreds of questions an interviewer may ask, there are a few questions that are interview staples. Google these questions (some of which can be found here) before hand and take the time to think about/write out the answers. While doing this may not completely save you from some off-the-wall questions and awkward silences, it will allow you to decrease the response time as well as give you the ability to think of non-cliché answers.
3. Dress to impress! – Dressing for the interview is probably one of the hardest parts of the pre-interview preparations (at least for us women). While most information will point you in the direction of a suit, I find that when one chooses clothes that are interview appropriate AND allow themselves to feel comfortable, they are more likely to have increased confidence and outwardly show it. Upon researching the company dress code, if you feel like you have a chance to tastefully implement some of your personal style into your interview attire, go for it!
4. Be ready! – By creating a checklist and laying out all the items you will need the night before you interview, you will lower the chance of forgetting something that may be vital to the process.
While interviewing can be a nerve racking time, it doesn’t have to be completely filled with stress. Preparing as much as possible prior to your interview day will allow you to feel more comfortable in the interview itself and hopefully make a good impression on the interviewer.