February 3, 2017

How to Slay Your Internship or Job Interview

I don't know about you, but I've been applying to internships like it's my job. Ha. Since graduating high school three years ago, I've interviewed for a number of jobs and applied to countless more. An outstanding interview is key to getting the job.

Anyone can impress on paper, but impress your interviewer on and off paper, and you've got yourself a cubicle, so to speak. In light of my job hunting, I've compiled a few interview tips to ensure that your interview goes the best that it can. If you still need an interview to slay, check out my tips for finding a job while in college!

+ Dress professionally.

I feel like this one is a given, but that doesn't make it any less important. Even if the position itself is a casual one, or you get the impression that the interview won't be particularly formal, dress well. A dress and sweater or a button-down/blouse with pants (no jeans) and ballet flats will do.

 + Come prepared.

Do your company research.

Stalk the company that is interviewing you. No, really. Go onto their website, check out their social media accounts, if applicable, and if you know who your interviewer will be, find out a few things about him/her. This way, if you're asked about the company or whether you're familiar with their mission (very likely), you'll have some background and can confidently answer "yes."

Look over the job description one last time.

Chances are this internship is not the only one that you've applied to, and keeping the details of each job description straight isn't easy, especially when they're all sort of similar. So, pull up the file and quickly run down the bulleted list to refresh your memory.

Bring a copy of your resumé.

Your interviewer may print out a copy, but you should bring one just in case. Even if they don't want it, having your killer resumé provides a quick point of reference for your experience.

+ Mind your body language.

If you tend to fidget or mess with your hair when you're nervous, or when you're talking and don't know what to do with your hands, be mindful while you're being interviewed. The interviewer will notice if you're constantly moving, and you don't want to be remembered as "that girl who kept messing with her hair."

+ Know your weaknesses and don't be afraid to admit them.

If the interviewer asks you whether you're familiar with Adobe Creative Suite, and you say "yes," when the only experience you have is an intro to design course that you took freshman year, who does that benefit? You might get the job, but what happens when they throw an advanced graphic design project at you, and you can't do it because you weren't upfront about your skills? You get fired. That's what happens.

+ Know your strengths and don't be afraid to talk about them. 

Don't boast about your talents, but make it very clear that you know what you're doing, that you have the experience, and that you're the person for the job. When the interviewer asks why you're qualified, tell him/her. What's the one thing on your killer resumé that stands out to you the most? What groups are you involved in and what hobbies (blogging, anyone?) do you have that complement your ability to do this job well?

+ Ask your interviewer questions.

A carefully crafted question will do two things, one obvious and one maybe not as obvious: 1) address any concerns you have about the position, salary, etc.; and 2) impress your interviewer with your initiative.

Any other tips for slaying the interview?


  1. Those are such great tips, Alexa! I went through a lot of interviews in October, and I can definitely tell you that those tips are spot on!

  2. "Stalking" the company is such a game changer! Haha, as weird as that sounds. I didn't do well on my first couple of interviews because I didn't know anything about the company personally. After I did research on my next interview, I was able to nail it! Recruiters really like it when you can refer back to their mission/goal or what makes them stand out from the rest of the competitors. It makes you look invested and genuinely care about the company you are applying for. Great advice!

    -Kim :)

    1. 100% agree with all of that, Kim. Thanks for reading! :)


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