By Kiley Harris
With summer coming up, it is interview season for many college students. Interviews can be intimidating. You have about 20 minutes to make a great first impression in hopes of making it to the second round. A lot of students get anxiety about interviews, however, and approach them wrong. According to an article called “How to Rock A Job Interview” from Forbes, students are approaching their interviews incorrectly. “A job interview is a business meeting where you and your interviewer will explore the possibility of a collaboration,” says author Liz Ryan, “That's all. There's no stage, no judge and no audience.” You can now breathe a sigh of relief, as this should be comforting.
Ryan hits on the idea that an interview, although it doesn't seem like it, is a mutual process. You get to choose where you want to work and you get to ask questions as well. You want them to be a good fit for you, just as much as you should be a good fit for their company. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean you aren’t trying to impress the employer with your awesome skills, because you are. Think of it as more of a conversation than a show and you'll be just fine. If it doesn’t go well, then it probably wasn’t a good fit anyway.
So before your next interview prepare ahead of time with a different mindset. Prepare thoughtfully. Prepare questions about the company and the position that will help build a more natural flow of conversation. Prepare questions that will help you decide if this company is a good fit for you. And last but certainly not least, take a deep breath, be confident and stay true to who you are.