Interview Tips for the Young Professional

The fall season brings cooler days, falling leaves, pumpkin spice coffees, and a fresh season of interviews for eager young professionals. Regardless of how far we have come in the professional industry, one thing will never change. Interviews are terrifying. There is no worse feeling than walking into a polished office shaking with nerves, except maybe the feeling of walking out of a failed interview with feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness. Here at STC Direct, we want to put an end to that this fall. That’s why we have compiled our top interview tips to help you ace the interview, every time.

Do Your Research

The key to a successful interview is coming in prepared. Research the company history and client base, or scroll through their social media to get a feel for the company culture. Never walk into the room needing to be briefed on the business, show your eagerness to work for them.

Start the Day the Right Way

Your appearance and demeanor hold as much weight as the conversational aspect of the interview. Wake up earlier than you need to, take your time getting ready, make a hearty breakfast, and save some time for one last once-over on the company website.

Prepare a Final Question

Almost every interview you will endure in your life will end the exact same way, “do you have any questions for me?” Not preparing a final question is not a deal breaker by any means, but firing back with a genuine and intellectual question will allow you to stand out from other candidates while showing your genuine interest in the company.

Relax, and Let Your Personality Shine

Everyone walks into an interview teeming with nerves, but that doesn’t mean you need to show it. Put on a confident face and show them who you are. If you have prepared beforehand and readied yourself to the max, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Keep in mind that interviewers are not only looking for experienced and effective employees but personalities that with mesh with the company culture. Maintain professionalism while reflecting your personality through the obligatory small talk, use it to your advantage.

Remember these tips and use them to carry you through the interview, but most importantly, remember who you are. The overall success of your interview will come from within, and from your ability to effectively reflect what you can bring to this company. From all of us here at STC Direct, we wish you the best of luck in the interview process. We feel pretty confident that you’ll snag the job.

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