I was inspired to write this post after reading an article on the BBC: “Five job interview bear traps”
It’s a great read, including some funny stories from the interview process at Oxford and Cambridge (conducting an interview from under a desk?!).
When I was looking for a great job, I really enjoyed interviewing. Why? Because I got to talk about myself, and no one is better at talking about myself than, well, me. I also love interviews because of the excitement related to the fact that there’s a possibility that the interview is the beginning of a fantastic opportunity.
Here are 3 ways to make interviewing less scary and more fun:
Think of an interview as a first date, but for work. This is often said, but not often practiced. When you’re in an interview, it’s NOT all about if you’re good for the company, but also if the company’s good for you. Finding something that you love and that suits you is so important. Focus on FIT- both for you and the company- and you’re more likely to enjoy working (which is very important when you consider that you’ll spend a majority of your time there!).
Be confident about the merits of your LIFE EXPERIENCES. Whether those life experiences are derived from relevant degree subjects, your part time job at a pub, or the club you started, they are all valid and should be shared with your interviewer WITH CONFIDENCE. That being said,
Don’t map out the squiggly lines of your life. Trying to explain how the content of your sociology degree makes you THE BEST candidate for a finance job? Good luck. It’s not going to work. Instead, focus on the core skills you gained and personal qualities you demonstrated in achieving milestones within your degree. Did you balance a part time job while you studied? Did you always meet deadlines?
Like I said, interviews can be fun. At the end of the day, an interview is an opportunity to sell yourself. And because you presumably know yourself quite well, it’s the easiest sales job you’ll have. More importantly, you never know what’s around the corner, and that’s exciting.