Life After LA ORT: How to Ace Your Job Interview
You’re graduating from LA ORT and have met with our Job Placement Advisors to land a position. Our dedicated faculty will help you pursue your new career. Unfortunately, we can’t go into the interviews with you! (We would if we could.) Here are five things you should do before your interviews.
#1 Research the Company or Organization
Believe it or not, a lot of people still forget to do this. Going onto the website is not enough. Interviews can be stressful, increasing the odds that you’ll forget whatever you saw. Not knowing enough about the position or company is a one-way ticket to “No” town.
Prepare with a list of questions asking what they do, how they’re different and what you like most about the company. Research and write down the answers. Read them a few times to make them stick.
#2 Write Down Why You’re Right for the Position
Get the job listing or position description and turn it into a story about yourself. In this story, explain why you’re qualified as well as how and why you’ll do well. Read and rehearse this story as much as needed to make it stick.
#3 Find Your Confidence
It is easy to let your nerves get the best of you. Remember how far you’ve come. Pull out old assignments your LA ORT teachers commented on or re-read positive emails about your performance in class.
A good way to find your confidence is to play the “I’m the best, because” or “They should hire me because” game. Write down why you’re the best at what you do, even if you secretly have your doubts. If you tell yourself something enough, you’ll subconsciously carry yourself more confidently at your interview.
#4 Prepare Questions You Have About the Position
Some people get shy about asking questions during an interview, even though interviewers often ask, “Do you have any questions?” Asking the right questions is actually a good thing. It shows that you care and want to be informed. It also shows that you’re confident.
What are the right questions? It depends on the position, but stay away from accusations and complaints. Asking: “When does the position start?” is much different than “Why does the position start so soon?”
Record yourself answering common interview questions. Have a mock interview with a friend or LA ORT staff member. Practice your posture, handshake, eye contact and voice volume. All of these things will help you stand out.