How to Ace an Interview

When applying for a college or a job, the interview can make or break you. All the work and dedication that have helped you get to the interview stage could go to waste if your interview doesn’t go as planned. Therefore, it is of great importance that you understand what the interview comprises of and how to ace it. So, here are some more in-depth tips for interviewing, and check out our previous article “5 Tips for Interviews”!

Many colleges and most companies will choose to interview you if you are seen as a potential candidate for their program. They will use their own representative who is familiar with their institution to interview you. The purpose of the interview is to assess your personality and your interpersonal skills. Personality and character are of great value to colleges and companies. They not only want to see your academic qualifications, but they also want to observe your personal characteristics and consider whether your character traits would be a good fit for the college or work environment. Overall, the interview shows colleges and employers the type of person you are. Use the tips below to help you prepare for interview day.

1) Review common interview questions days before the interview. Some questions might ask about your strengths/weaknesses, leadership skills, past experiences, and your ability to work in a team. Find out if your interview is private or in a group.
2) Make a list of questions you would like to ask the interviewer about the program or position you are applying to. This shows your interest in the college or company.
3) On the day of the interview, dress professionally in business attire. If you aren’t sure where to start, the FBLA Dress Code is a good example of what is appropriate!
4) Come prepared with extra copies of your resume, recommendations, and any other work samples.
5) Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
6) During the interview, display confidence and enthusiasm, even if you are nervous. You are being asked questions about yourself, and who knows you better than… you?!
7) Conduct yourself in the most genuine way possible. Show the interviewer who you really are and what you represent.
8) Answer questions politely and directly.
9) After the interview, follow up with a thank you letter or email.

These tips will help you prepare and present yourself in positive way during your interview. Follow them, and you might be one step closer to your dream college or job!