Congratulations --- Your resume was effective and they've scheduled an interview.
Interviews play a critical role in obtaining the desired job or getting into the college of choice.
The interview is not an objective process in which the interviewer selects the best
candidate, but a highly subjective encounter where he is evaluating whether you as a person can "fit in" and succeed in the position available.
So, first and foremost, recognize that personality, presence, and enthusiasm are key qualities that must shine through to separate you from other candidates.
Recruiters invariably choose the candidate they like best. You only have a short period of time
to make a good first impression. Think about someone you know that has made a good
impression on you. Are they warm, outgoing, enthusiastic, self-confident, and positive about
life? Present to the interviewer some of your positive qualities so they get to know you on a
Next, you must play an active role in the interview. Many students are too passive during an interview. The interview should be an interactive "getting to know you" session instead of an interrogation. You should be personable yet professional so you stand out in the interviewer's mind. Remember, dynamic conversation gives you a chance to show how articulate, fast thinking, and intelligent you are.
Student candidates that talk and contribute to the interview usually make a lasting impression.
Projecting an image of self-confidence assures the interviewer that you can do the job. But
don't just state "I'll do a very good job" or "I can get good grades at this college" -- you must be
subtle. Instead prove that you have the qualities for the job without directly stating it. Remember, you want to
appear self-confident not arrogant.
Prepare for the Interview
1. Stand in front of the mirror and recite out loud all of your strong points
ranging from courses you have taken to extra-curricular activities you participated in.
2. Inform yourself as much as possible about the organization or college you are going to be
interviewed by. Showing the interviewer you know about the college or organization proves
you are prepared and do your homework.
3. Before going to the interview, bring any updated information that will give strength to your presentation.
4.Think about your weaknesses and be prepared if the interviewer asks questions regarding them. For example, if you know that your records show that you failed math, then think about what you
would say if asked "Why are your grades in math so low?" You might respond "At first, I found
math difficult but then realized I was approaching the subject in the wrong way by just memorizing the
formulas. I repeated the class and with the help of my instructor passed the course.
5. Research the company and be prepared to ask questions. Asking questions not only shows an interest in the job but also allows you to get to know the company as well.
6. Arrange a mock interview beforehand. Ask a friend or teacher to be the interviewer.
7. Always greet the interviewer with a friendly handshake and always thank the interviewer at