Step 1 – Prepare, Step 2- Prepare again and Step 3 – Enjoy the opportunity.
But how do you prepare for the interview?
First thing’s first, you need to do your research.
Understand what the company does, and know exactly why you are interested in working with this group and why you are interested in the role.
You may also be asked to discuss your course, so be ready to talk about why you chose this area of study, and how you went with it. It’s worthwhile to be able to succinctly outline your final project – what you did, what were the outcomes, and what were the challenges.
Be sure that you’re able to discuss everything that is in your CV – from part time jobs, to community work, even all the way through to your interests. This is not the time to be humble. In fact, this is the time to sell yourself, so find a way that you can comfortably talk about yourself, your skills and accomplishments, and the value you can bring to the role.
In saying that, don’t forget to be authentic and say what motivates you, what your interests are, and of course, show enthusiasm (once again in your own style).
Don’t be afraid to take some time before the interview to practice your responses either with someone or to yourself out loud – not in your head (believe it or not, there is a difference). It is understandable to have some nerves but with preparation, you will get into the flow of the interview and always remember to smile!
Finally, congratulations on getting an interview and don’t forget to enjoy the process. The more interviews you attend, the closer you are to getting that first job.
Have fun, and good luck!