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Interview Essentials

Interview Essentials

UIC SPH CAREER SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW.

Do you have a job interview coming up or want to practice your interviewing skills? Schedule a mock interview with SPH Career Services.  Appointments are available M – F, 9am – 5pm.  Please contact Liz Herrera, Associate Director at (312) 413- 9126 or via email at eherre3@uic.edu. 

NEED EXTRA PRACTICE OR DON’T HAVE TIME TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT? CHECK OUT INTERVIEWSTREAM

INTERVIEWSTREAM is a virtual mock interview tool that will help you practice your interviewing skills using a webcam. This service is brought to you by OCS (UIC Office of Career Services and the Business Career Center)‌

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YOU GOT THE INTERVIEW!

Think how recruiters spend hours screening candidates and scouring through so many resumes to identify strong candidates for the position and you have been selected.  Obviously, your credentials, skills and experience have impressed the employer enough to invite you for an interview. This alone should be a confidence booster. 

POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Think positive and believe in your skills and strengths.  Due to the nature of our current job market, so many candidates are drained, self-defeated and discouraged from their job search experience that sometimes their frustration transpires in the job interview. Employers can quickly pick up on any negative signals that can be an indicator to weed out a potential candidate.  Remember, employers are seeking candidates that will be a good fit in the organization and no one wants to work with a Debbie Downer!

ALWAYS BE PREPARED (CONDUCT A SELF-ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH THE COMPANY)

Have you ever had to present on a topic that you are unfamiliar with or nowhere near expert in? Imagine being tasked to do so.  If you are not confident in the topic, it is most likely that the quality of the presentation will be compromised and your lack of confidence will manifest in your body language therefore creating an awkward situation.  The same holds true in a job interview.  If you are not prepared to articulate to the employer how your background and skill set align with the position and organization, the outcome of the interview may not be in your favor.  Always assess your skills and strengths as they relate to the position and be sure to research the company values and core functions of the position. Again, think positive and remember you were called in for an interview.  Be confident in your abilities and show them why you should be selected for the position. Lastly, be sure to practice answering interview questions.  I highly encourage practicing a video recorded mock interview with a career counselor or use a web cam to self-record your interview.  This can help you identify areas that need improvement- whether it is in your body language, tone of voice or how you articulate your responses.  This exercise can help you feel more prepared and as a result increase your confidence.  

KNOW YOUR VALUE

Understanding your professional value is fundamental in all aspects of the job search process. Reach out to a trustworthy colleague or previous supervisor and simply ask “what are some important contributions I have made to our department/organization? What value did I bring?”  This exercise can help in two ways 1) hearing positive comments about your work from a colleague or former supervisor can be a confidence booster 2) you will gain perspective on how others perceive your value and use that information to enhance your self-marketing.   

LIKE A PICTURE, BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS

We all know that body language can send a plethora of messages – many times our exterior misrepresents our interior. According to Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, three body language essentials to focus on during a job interview are poise, interest and expression. The ability to display these characteristics verbally and non-verbally can indeed boost job interview performance.

Finally, take a glance at your resume and reflect on your unique experience- it helps to talk about it too. Think of your accomplishments, contributions and achievements.  This will serve as a reminder of the value you bring to an employer.  Get out there and be confident!

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