Making Yourself Marketable: The Frustrated Graduate's Guide to Waiting Out the Storm
Like a résumé, an interview is a chance to sell yourself in a limited amount of time.
If you're a "people person," it's a chance to connect with your interviewer and show how well you'd fit in, and also to highlight the skills you bring to the table. Meg says the three most important things to keep in mind are to be clean, polished and straightforward. Listen to the questions, look your interviewer in the eye and directly answer what you're asked.
She suggests being proactive and up front about your intentions. "If it's something you really want to do," Meg says, "ask for the job. People are looking for some enthusiasm."
Bring a handful of questions that demonstrate thorough research into the company and the job description. Since you'll likely be speaking to a human resources representative, Meg advises tacking on a question that's directed to HR, such as when your start date could be, should you be offered the position.
Never ask about benefits, she says. An interview is about what you can do for the company, not what the company will do for you.
Ross cautions against losing sight of the meeting's purpose. "You want to remember that they are interviewing you," he says. "Don't turn the tables."
Additionally, he emphasizes the vitality of putting a positive spin on past work experience, no matter what. "Speaking negatively about a former employer or your experiences there never bodes well," Ross says. "Always be upbeat."
Ultimately, a little effort goes a long way. To reiterate your appreciation for the opportunity, Meg suggests sending a note or e-mail saying: "Thank you for your time. I'm really interested in this position. Please let me know what the next step would be."