As we go through life, we eventually get into the “real world.” No, I’m not talking about the reality television show; I’m talking about the workforce, the job life, the make money and pay bills life.

The real world isn’t that bad once you’re in it for a while, it just takes a lot of adjusting and using the skills you learned while getting your degree. But before we get into the work force, we all will have to get interviewed to see if we’re right for the job.

I have gone through multiple interviews weather it was for a summer job or a full time job. I even went to a job conference once, where I did 11 interviews in 2 days.

Here are some interview tips that have worked for me and might help you out!

Before the interview: Prepare

  1. Plan out appropriate and comfortable clothes. If you feel good, you’ll do well; plus, it’s probably required.
  2. Research the institution you want to work for. This helps you get familiar with the job and the company as a whole.

It also is an added bonus when you say in your interview “while I was looking at your website I noticed (fill in the blank).” This shows the employer that you are serious about the opportunity.

  1. Formulate Questions to ask the employer at the end. It’s okay to have questions, because the employer doesn’t expect you to know everything right off the bat and it shows, again, that you’re very interested.
  2. Bring Note Taking Materials such as a legal pad or paper inside of a nice portfolio and a pen.

You may have questions during the interview, so write those down so you don’t forget to ask them at the end of the interview.

I like to write down key information that the employer says during the interview as well. You can always ask the interviewer if it’s okay to take notes during the interview, most often they say yes.

You can also use a portfolio or folder to hold any work related material you bring to show during the interview.

  1. Common Interview Question can be prepared for in advance. Some of the questions are very detailed or can feel invasive if you’re more reserved. Be ready to answer a question similar to “tell me a little about yourself.”

This question is great; it breaks the ice a little and gets you warmed up for more questions. With this question, do tell them about yourself. A lot of times people answer this question by saying what experiences are on their resume, which is fine, but they want to know about you. Give them some hobbies, some funny, but appropriate facts, possibly a time where you used the skills during an outside work situation.

During the interview: Impressions

  1. Stand Up when an employer comes to get you for an interview. Don’t let them have to look down at you to talk. Have good eye contact and a firm handshake. First impressions are key, which is unfortunate if you’re a nervous nelly like me
  2. Try to stay calm and be yourself.
  3. Take a deep breath and do the best you can. Don’t be afraid to pause for a moment to think about your answer to a question you are asked. This shows that you care and put thought into your answers.
  4. Write down key things to answer, if there is a long question with multiple parts.
  5. Ask Questions. One thing I like to ask at the end is if the employer could describe the office dynamic. This gives you an insight to what it’s like working there.
  6. End on a High Note. Once the interview is finished, shake the employers hand and thank them for the opportunity. This would also be a good time to hand them a business card if you have one.

After the interview: Thank You Card

Send the interviewer a thank you card in the mail. The act of a thank you card shows the employer that you are seriously interested and very thankful for the possibility of the position. It is also a great way to keep your name fresh on their minds.

1. Opportunity

In the card, thank them for the opportunity of the interview.

2. Follow Up

Add a statement that says something along the lines of “I look forward to talking more about this opportunity.”

Final Thoughts

There are multiple types of experiences with interviews and interviewers. Some may be happy and welcoming, others may be stern and quiet, and unfortunately, some might even come off very uncomfortable. There is no best way to handle an interview that goes sour; my best advice is to do the best I can and know that I tried.

Interviews are really two sided. One side is you being interviewed by the company, and the other side is a little of you gauging to see if you could be able to work comfortably in this type of work environment.

After the interview, you’ll know if it was good or not and if you really can see yourself working there.

Don’t let a bad interview get you down, everyone has had them, it just means move onto the next opportunity!

Interviews are just meetings that everyone goes to eventually. Hopefully this helped so you can ace your next interview and land that job!


Lizzie is one of the social media editors and content writer for Tribe Twenty One. She’s a recent graduate from Murray State University with a major in advertising. Lizzie is super spunky and is obsessed with anything coffee. Right now, Lizzie works with Tribe 21 to help lift up young women and to inspire them to pursue what sets their soul on fire.

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