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Top 10 Tips to Having a Terrific Interview


by Melody Lindorf - State President - [email protected]

Going to an interview can be very stressful. In FBLA, the possibility of being interviewed is very large! Applying the following tips will make you sound impressive in any interview setting:

  1. Research the position, company, or scholarship,. that you are applying for before you go to your interview. Not only will this allow you to have depth in your conversation, it will also show the interviewer that you are interested.
  2. Be on time! In the professional world, 15 minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is left behind. Show your dedication to your future by being 15 minutes early for all interviews!
  3. Being overdressed is always better than being under dressed. If you are unsure what to wear to an interview, a business suit always does the trick. An interviewer will remember you based on your first impression and your appearance plays a large part.
  4. Show that you are confident. Begin your interview by introducing yourself, as well as shaking the hand of all of your interviewer(s).
  5.  “Tell me about yourself?” This is the most commonly asked interview question. Have an answer ready when you begin your interview because it can play a large part in their first impression of you.
  6. Keep your confidence under control. Your attitude plays a key role in your interview success. You must find the balance between confidence and modesty.
  7. Answer only the questions asked. Most interviews are given a time limit. This means that if an interviewer asks you a question, they are looking for a clear answer so that they can advance to another question in the appropriate amount of time.
  8. Ask questions. The questions that you ask indicate your interest level in the position.
  9. SMILE and have fun! Stay relaxed and if you are truly excited about the position you are applying for, your interviewer will notice. A simple smile can show confidence.
  10. Follow up. Again, showing interest in the position is crucial to your success. Putting your name in front of your interviewer again, will help them remember you and your strongest attributes.

Following these simple tips has lead me to become a national finalist in Job Interview and acquire my first job. I hope that these tips will help you in your future as a member of FBLA and the future workforce.