Whenever I teach a class, I try to bring in pieces of real world advice and experience to the students. I have often succeeded in this and I think it is why I have such great experiences as a Professor. I can relate to the students information from the text books (whether it be Marketing or Economics) and also on what might happen when they graduate and start their careers. One important piece I have tried to weave in to certain classes, where appropriate, is the mock interview. It is amazing to me that we expect students to know how to behave on an interview and especially now with our focus on smartphones and gadgets, to find a socially at ease person is hard - most of us are so used to hiding behind technology that being in an interview environment where you have to focus on the interviewer can be a challenge.
This article highlights the type of interviews you can find yourself in with some tips on how to handle it. There are other aspects to interviews like when an interviewer is rude just to see how you respond or the lunch interview where you have to balance how to eat and how to speak in a high pressure setting but those are not mentioned here - this is just the logistical overview of how many interviewees there are present (group interview with a few job candidates) or how many interviewers (you are facing a panel of interviewers) with tips on how to handle each situation. Overall, you have to be confident and able to speak to your strengths but ultimately, it is about fit -- can the people speaking to you picture you at a desk in their offices?
The most important thing you can do is continually work on your speaking skills and your ability to focus on the interview and be positive. The right opportunity will be the right fit of culture, opportunity and people. Try to enjoy the ride. Happy hunting.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen