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How Career Services can help YOU rock that job interview!

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Do your palms sweat and your heart race when you think about that next job interview? Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Fortunately, Career Services is here to help. Let’s begin with some basic interview tips given by New Grad Life blog. Once you’ve got these tips down, then you can put them into real-life use with our office-held mock interviews and even virtual interviewing! Career Services is here to help you, a UW Oshkosh student or alumni, rock that next job interview.

5 Crazy Job Interview Tips That Work From NewGradLife.BlogSpot.com

While these may seem like strange, pre-interview routines, they actually do work and will help you to land the job of your dreams:

1.) Look at Facebook

This is actually two strategies in one. First of all, check your Facebook profile out and make sure that your own profile is set to private and there are no embarrassing photos of you tagged on the site. If there are, untag yourself from those photos and ask your friends if they would please refrain from tagging you. If possible, get the photos taken down. Double check as well that status updates you’ve posted aren’t embarrassing. If they are, delete them.

While this won’t completely remove the record of those photos, it does make it harder to find. That in turn means if you ace the interview, your interviewer is less likely to find embarrassing material online which will make them think twice about calling you back for a second interview.

The second half of this technique is to find out the name of the person who will be interviewing you and look up their Facebook profile. Get as much information as you can about the person since this will be helpful to you to throw into the conversation when you are meeting with them. Showing an interest in something the person is interested in is a sure way to get yourself remembered out of the hundreds of interviews the hiring manager has to conduct.

2.) Prepare a folder to fiddle with

Yeah, it sounds strange, but this is a great pre-interview technique that can come in handy. Often, you will be asked to wait for a few minutes before your interview. Most times, it’s just because the person interviewing you is busy or wants to make you feel as if you aren’t the most important person for them to meet. However, on occasion, this is actually a test. They will secretly observe you to see what you do when you are waiting to be interviewed. If you have a folder with your papers in it, you can spend the time appearing to organize yourself so you ace that test.

3.) Put water behind your ears and on your wrists

This is actually something to do just before the interview. Duck into the bathroom and dab a few drops of water behind the ears and on your wrists. These are areas where you have major arteries and some experts claim by putting water in those locations you can help to calm your nerves by cooling down quickly.

4.) Write a list

This one is actually not such a strange pre-interview routine, but it does work wonders. You’ll inevitably be asked to tell the interviewer about your proudest achievements, your best qualities and your worst qualities. Most people just wing it when they walk into the interview. However, since you know these things are likely to come up, pre-empt them by making yourself a list of things you can answer. Just make sure to pause for a moment when answering so it appears natural and not rehearsed. Speaking of that…

5. ) Rehearse in front of a mirror

While a common pre-interview routine is to rehearse by having a friend or family member go through a mock interview with you, a strange pre-interview technique which actually does work wonders is to rehearse on your own in front of a mirror. Your face will often speak louder than your words, so you want to take the time to make sure when you answer questions, you don’t telegraph you aren’t comfortable answering those questions. By rehearsing in front of a mirror, you can avoid that problem completely.

On-campus Mock Interviews

With mock interviews, students are able to meet with actual employers to conduct a fake interview. Although the position the student is applying for isn’t real, the practice and experience is. And who knows, if an employer really likes a mock candidate, that person may be called upon for a real interview! After the mock interview, employers give each student feedback such as what they did well and what can be improved.

Career Services offers general mock interviews and major-specific mock interviews. Employers are carefully picked to match the students’ potential pool of employers in real life. Ultimately, mock interviews are a win-win for students and employers. The students get the experience of interviewing while employers get to meet potential employees.

Students are encouraged to attend one of the Boost Your Interviewing Techniques workshops prior to participation in mock interviews. Also, professional dress is recommended and preferred, but appropriate dress is required. This basically means no t-shirts or ripped jeans. Treat your mock interview like you would a real interview. Students can register for mock interviews in Titan Jobs.

Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach

We are living in the future with such advanced technology that you can opt to practice your interviewing skills virtually in the comfort of your own home. You must be wondering “how?” With Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach, job seekers can practice and develop their interviewing skills. They see videos of tough questions from professional interviewers, which they must answer on the spot.  A webcam records their answers, so they can see exactly how they will look and sound when they go to their first interview.

Interview Coach is widely used by individual job seekers as well as the career centers of colleges, universities, and related organizations to help their students and clients prepare for job interviewing. As a UWO student or alumni, you have access to webcams and the Interview Coach software through Career Services! Webcams can be checked out at our front desk for one week and Perfect Interview can be accessed through Titan Jobs under the Additional Resources tab upon logging in.

Whether you need help brushing up on your interviewing skills or need help building those skills, Career Services is here to help you excel as a professional. Stop by our offices today for resume help or general career advising.

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