Unconventional Tips for Interviewing


We are at the point in the term when we are all searching for new opportunities with amazing companies. Interviewing is nerve-wracking for most people. If you are feeling a bit anxious about your next interview, I have some tips for you that have helped me over the past year.

I’m sure I’m about to embarrass myself just a bit by telling you what I do before interviews. If it helps anyone else out though, it will be worth it.


Look awesome; feel awesome.

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now what you should and shouldn’t wear to an interview. I’m here to remind you to make sure you feel good in what you’re wearing. Sure, maybe you don’t wear dress clothes on a daily basis (yet). Try to be as comfortable as you can in your interview outfit and accessorize with things that make you feel confident and show your personality (that goes for you too, gents). I suggest doing this even if it’s a phone interview; it puts you in the right state of mind.

Jam out to music in your car.

I’m not kidding when I say jam out. I’m talking about singing as loud as you can and dancing to your favorite song. Pick one you can’t help but smile when you hear it. It makes you feel awesome and releases that stress and tension you might be holding from being nervous.

Power pose.

Rachel mentioned this in her last post, but it is definitely worth repeating. I saw Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about a year ago, and it has changed how I approach stressful situations ever since then. Take just a few minutes before your interview (in your car or in the bathroom) to do some power poses to make you feel like your most confident self.

Do your research, but know yourself.

I can’t stress this enough. The importance of doing some digging on the company before you get to the interview is crucial. However, something I learned recently is to trust in what you know and what you’re passionate about. If you are passionate about the work the company does, your enthusiasm will come across naturally. And even though you are just coming out of college, you know way more than you even realize. Employers want to see your drive and your passion, so show them that instead of just regurgitating their case studies.


Seriously, take a deep breath. Take a few. Grab some herbal tea, do your jamming and power posing and know you are capable of anything you put your mind to. You got it!


Best of luck to everyone interviewing in the next few weeks!

-Kati VanLoo

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6 Responses to Unconventional Tips for Interviewing

  1. Lindsay Pfeifer says:

    These are great tips, Kati! I especially agree with the first one. I’m a huge believer in the “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” statement. Plus, it’s definitely a confidence booster when you know you have on a great outfit. Some people shy away from accessories which I don’t agree with. You need to let some of your personality show through, just like you said.

    Good luck with interviews!

  2. Thank you for these tips! Although you shouldn’t be embarrassed because I do the same thing when preparing for interviews. As Lindsay mentioned in her comment, I am also a big fan of dressing to impress. I feel better and smarter when I dress up, if i know I have to do a big project or impress anyone for any reason i try to fancy up my wardrobe.

    Thanks again for these tips!

  3. nikkimaroney says:

    I’m picturing you jamming out in your car right before an interview and it’s making me smile. I think these are great tips for interview preparation! I know I always get super nervous right before I start talking to a perspective employer. My best advice would be coming up with some smart questions to ask the interviewer; however, it’s important to research who you are interviewing beforehand because you want to ask the appropriate smart questions for the right people.

    Thanks so much for sharing – I’m definitely going to use your advice!

  4. Rachel says:

    Great Tips! I love that you share my love for Amy Cuddy and her amazing ted talk on power poses. I love the way it gives you instance confidence. Also I like what you said about dressing up even if it is just for a phone interview, even though they cant see you it will put you in the right mindset! Glad you reserarch companies too, sometimes it feels like stalking–but my research has always paid off. Best of Luck with your interviews. –Rachel Davidson

  5. jbrosy says:

    I love these tips, Kati! Interviews are the most stressful thing in the world (in my opinion), and I appreciate your suggestions for facing this stress head-on. I think your last tip is the most important thing to keep in mind — to relax and know you’re going to kill it. What you think, you become; if you think you are the most confident person in the world, you can become it. Thanks again for your insight, Kati!

  6. kalimungovan says:

    Thank you for these tips, they’re awesome! Interviews can be extremely stressful so it is so important to relax and be yourself in interviews. I definitely jam out in my car too to relieve some of that pre-interview nervousness! It is also important that you feel comfortable walking into the interview and that includes looking your best and doing your research so you are confident that you can handle anything that may come your way. I will definitely keep these tips in mind in my next interview, thanks again!

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