Hello, loves, happy Monday! Whether you’re a high school student, full-time college attendee, or part of the work force, chances are that you will go through several interviews throughout your life. I’ve had to sit with scholarship panels, potential bosses, deans of universities, etc., and although I still get the jitters occasionally, I have curated some tips (see below) to help me do my best. Let me know if you guys use these suggestions, or have any of your own, and I wish you the best of luck!
1. Dress appropriately
The go-to style of clothing in America is business casual. This means a lot of different things for a lot of different people, but, essentially, don’t wear jeans, graphic shirts, work out gear, and anything dirty, smelly, or falling apart. If you live in a more conservative area, consider covering up any tattoos and removing any ‘unusual’ (by Western standards) piercings. My favorite outfit is black trousers with an olive green blouse, and my hair neatly tied back.
2. Speak with confidence
If you don’t know what to say, then pause. It is far better to think before you speak, versus using a lot of fillers words or accidentally being offensive. Speak clearly and concisely. Don’t be too nervous about ‘weird’ questions designed to trip you up, because, chances are, they are more focused on your attitude and demeanor rather than your actual answer.
3. Know your resume
For goodness sakes, make sure you’ve read through your resume and you know what is on it. Be prepared to speak with authority on any leadership activities, promotions, etc. Also, triple-check for spelling errors before you send your papers out into the world – I had a dear friend not get a single job for three months, before he realized he’d spelled his university’s name incorrectly.
This interview, whether it is for a job, scholarship, leadership position, or anything else, is designed to see if some people think you are capable of the task they want you to achieve. It is not a measure of how important, successful, or ‘worthy’ your life has been. You do not have to sit through an interview with people who are obviously misogynistic, racist, rude, etc. Just relax, because if you get this opportunity, then great! Congratulations! But if you don’t, then take it as a learning experience, pick yourself up, and go on to bigger and better things.