AUTHOR:
Ashlyn V.

DATE:
April 5, 2016

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
3 minutes

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7 Tips to Help You Through the Interview Process

AUTHOR:
Ashlyn V.

DATE:
April 5, 2016

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
3 minutes

Trying to snag a job can be difficult and nerve-racking. I’ve compiled this list of tips to help you be at your best in an interview.

  1. Do your research before your interview. Show initiative and actively research the company prior to the interview. Many times potential employees walk in with little to no knowledge about the company. If you can’t articulate what the company does, how are you going to articulate it to customers and co-workers? Visit the company’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, etc.
  2. Bring a portfolio of everything you need. Walking into an interview is stressful enough, so plan ahead to have everything you might need at your fingertips. Your portfolio should include a few copies of your resume, paper, pen, and any relevant examples of your previous work. Also, if you need to bring other items to prove your employment eligibility, add those items.
  3. Leave your cell behind. Cell phones are tricky little pieces of technology. Sometimes when they are off, they turn themselves on. They even turn the volume up or call people on their own. To help ensure your cell phone doesn’t play any tricks on you, leave it in your car. There is nothing more unprofessional than your cell phone ringing in the middle of an interview.
  4. Ask Questions. If you don’t understand something the interviewer asked, clarify with questions of your own. It’s always better to ask questions rather than answer based on an assumption. Also, if you are unsure about the position you are applying for or any training they may offer, ask the interviewer to clarify. The interviewer will appreciate your eagerness to learn and the fact you are listening intently.
  5. Dress for success. There is a saying in the business world: Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. To put your best foot forward, dress business professional. Also, make sure you feel confident and comfortable in the outfit you have chosen. Being confident shows through your body language, which tells the interviewer a lot about you. You don’t know how long you are going to be at the interview; therefore, being comfortable is a necessity. To learn more about attire, visit our related articles Men’s Interview Attire or Women’s Interview Attire.
  6. Don’t get flustered. If you’re asked a question and you’re struggling to find an answer or the question took you by surprise, take a minute to collect your thoughts. Take a deep breath and let the interviewer know you’re thinking through the answer. You’re more likely to get a favorable response if you take your time and answer the question clearly, rather than if the interviewer had to listen to you ramble.
  7. Don’t try to memorize your answers. Remember, interviews are meant to be conversations. Often the interviewer will ask a few “standard” interview questions, but many interviewers like to jump “off-script” to get to know you better. It’s a good idea to have some talking points prepared, but you don’t have to spend your time memorizing scripted answers. A job is based on you as a person and your experience, so speak openly about your experiences and showcase your personality, which will speak volumes about you.

Use these tips to prepare better for the rigors of the interview process—you could even use them here at Reynolds and Reynolds. Check out our available positions now!


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Ashlyn V.

Ashlyn is a Corporate Recruiter in College Station, Texas. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, she studied Agricultural Business and now manages the Reynolds Summer Intern Program for College Station and Houston. Outside of the office, she competes in equine events, spends time with her friends and family, and enjoys traveling and cooking.