As my internship with Bravo Group nears its end and I prepare for life after Bravo, I have become somewhat of an avid interviewer. With the encouragement of my supervisors, I have been aggressively pursuing any and every career opportunity possible. With that pursuit of course comes the interview process. As tedious and stressful as that process has been, it has also been a wonderful learning experience. I’ve learned that every company has its own procedure when interviewing a potential candidate. They ask different questions, some only have 1 interviewer, while others use the whole company. Then there are in-person interviews, phone interviews, and the newly popular Skype interview.
With each type of interview, comes a different approach and etiquette. I find that over the phone has been the most difficult. Not being able to see one another and connect on that personal level can lead to a disconnect. Skype has become my favorite as it is the most convenient, while still allowing a face-to-face meeting. Most of the companies I have been interviewing with are at least an hour and a half away. Interviewing via Skype has allowed me to get a full day of work in while meeting with potential employers hours away. When possible, in-person interviews are certainly the best way to meet with potential co-workers and employers. It allows for all parties to connect, and really get a sense of the fit between the candidate and company.
My supervisors have also had plenty of interview experience on the other end, as they prepare to chose Harrisburg Bravo’s next intern. Learning from their experiences, I have pinpointed a the most crucial do’s and don’ts of the interview process:
- Be early. Arriving a few minutes early shows your eagerness to be there and your consideration for others time.
- Do your research. Study the company you are interviewing with, know who their clients are and some major work they have done in the past. It’s also helpful to know some background on those who are interviewing you. This can help you make a personal connection or point something out that you have in common.
- Want to be there. Its pretty obvious when you really want that job compared to someone who just took the interview because it was offered. Show how much you want that position, and what you have to offer that they’re looking for.
- Be confident and be yourself. Yes, act professional, but also let your personality shine through. It’s important to know if you are a right fit for this company, and equally important, that this company is the right fit for you.
So when you walk into your next interview, do so with confidence. Confidence in yourself and in your knowledge and abilities. Want to be there and fight for that job. Whether it be over the phone, in-person, or via skype, give that interview your all. And don’t forget to ask a few good questions.