Be prepared. That is one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give. You would be surprised at how much even a little bit of preparation will benefit you. Whether its preparing for an interview, phone call, client meeting or staff meeting, like our good friends at Nike would say, “Just do it.” Preparation is different for everyone. For me, preparation comes in the form of background information and research. You can never know too much about what you are talking about.
Interviews. They are important. They can also be terrifying. If you are like me you may get a little nervous heading into interviews, which is normal. In my experience, I have noticed a negative correlation between being prepared and being nervous. Meaning that the more I prepare, the less nervous I get, and vice versa. What does interview prep look like? For me, it is learning everything I can about the company I’m interviewing with as well as the people who are going to be interviewing me, if I know who they will be. I also suggest making a word document with questions you might get asked. Here are my top three:
- What are your strengths?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why should we hire you?
I will write about a paragraph answer for each of these questions. I do this for each company I interview with, tailoring them to the specific company/position. I have found that if you have well thought out answers prepared for these questions, you will be in very good shape. The other preparation you can do that will impress your future employer in the interview stage is to gather some tactful questions for them. Here are a few that I like to ask:
- What does the ideal candidate for this position look like?
- What kinds of things have you done to help you succeed?
- What are some of the challenges you foresee the person filling this position will face?
Hopefully this advice will help you out as you start your careers, it has certainly helped me.