Here’s a secret: everyone gets nervous about interviews. Everyone. And it’s because the prize at the end is a good one. New job. New career. New life, even, if the job at the end is a really, really good one. And that’s a prize worth having. We’ve found a list of ways to let you be the best you can at interview- and Matthew Jennings, author of The Career Bible shares his number one top tip.
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If you have an internship interview coming up, here’s the number one thing you need to know: you need to know why you’re the best person for the job.
There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for a job interview. We have a whole chapter on it in The Career Bible.
You need to know yourself, and your own CV/ résumé.
You need to know what you do, and what you can offer.
You need to be fully researched about their company, and what they do.
You need to have practised what you are going to say, and know the key points you want to raise.
You need to do lots of things.
All of these preparation tips are useful, but the absolute number one thing you need to do is work out why you are the best person for the internship.
Why should they give you the chance? If you don’t know this, you won’t be able to convey it at interview, and they won’t know why you are the best person.
Practise it. Practise it out loud. Practise saying “I am the best person for this role because…which means that…”
It might be that you have oodles of experience; it might be that you are completely passionate about the industry; it might be that you can make a real difference in the role and bring something new and exciting to the company.
Whatever the reason is, you need to be able to say it clearly and succinctly at interview.
The key words here are ‘because’ and ‘which means that’.
Why should they pick you?
If they asked Santa Claus- he might say “…because I have a magic sleigh, which means that I can deliver millions of presents in a single night.”
If they asked Michael Buble- he might say “…because I have a non threatening sex appeal and a mellifluous singing voice, which means that men and women can openly say ‘phwoaar’ and buy all my records.”
What would you say?
If you can do this for your particular skill (that is, the particular skill most relevant for the internship you are going for) then you will be able to convince them that they have the right person.
And this will go a long way to helping you claim your prize.
The Career Bible ‘Finding, getting and keeping the career you want’ is written by Matthew Jennings and Shaun Van Wyk and combines in depth career coaching skills, recruitment know how, top level sports psychology and experience in climbing the corporate ladder. The Career Bible is available at all good bookstores. More details at www.thecareerbible.com