Killing the Butterflies

It is that time of the quarter. Interviewing time. Some people thrive on the thrill, others cannot handle the pressure. Whether you are a Sales Centre applicant, or preparing for the upcoming Corporate Partner Career Fair, interviewing is something you must be ready to tackle head on. Even if it makes nervous, it is something you will have to deal with, and very soon. It is easy to see why people get so nervous about interviews. Not only are you talking to people you may barely know, but this interview could be a huge factor in your life (not to add anymore pressure, or anything). But there are a lot of things you can do to prepare for an interview, and these things will help to ease the butterflies floating around your stomach.

The most important thing you can do is prepare for each interview individually. Know about the company; what they stand for, what they do, who they are. Whether its the Sales Centre or a Corporate Partner, you should know a lot about them, even if you just found out about them. You do not want to bring up the wrong information to the people who have hiring power over you, or make it seem like you do not know anything about them. So make sure you know your stuff.

It is also important to know what to bring to an interview. Whether its clothing (business professional, or the best clothes you have if you are new to it. They’ll understand), pamphlets about the company or organization, or things to impress your would-be employer, make sure they are organized and relevant. It never hurts to bring a lot, but do not bring anything you do not need, it could get confusing. And always make sure to bring questions to ask and something to write on. It is no use asking the questions when you cannot write down the answers. And you will want to take notes anyways. It is a great way to take away more information and use it again should you not succeed and try again.

There are many things you can do to prepare for an interview, but maybe the best way is to practice. Practice, practice, practice! Whether it is in the mirror, with a friend, or through multiple interviews, you can only get better with practice. You learn the ropes and how to keep your composure. You will also start to see that even though each interview is unique, you can use your experience from the last one to help you with the next. Even if you do not have a great one your first time out, you will understand what went wrong and fix your mistakes the next time. It is even good to follow up about your interview afterwards, even if it did not go well, to find out what you may have done right and wrong.

There are many things you have to do to prepare for an interview. Though we have only touched on few here today, you have to remember that an interview is basically selling yourself. Just be yourself, keep your cool, and you will do great.


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