Interview Anxiety – Interview Preparation

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Interview anxiety is a real thing. Let’s be honest, no one likes doing interviews. Why is that? Perhaps if we felt better prepared, we would not have this innate fear of interviews. Instead, we would confidently take part in an interview. Clearwater Career Services department will be hosting an Interview Preparation Workshop on:

Thursday, April 4th at 12:30 pm in the Library, 2nd floor, Room 209

What is an interview?

An interview is what separates you from other applicants. It is your chance to prove you are the right person for the job and gives you a chance to shine. Whether you are a fan of interviews or not, it is imperative you do everything possible to ensure you are prepared. You will never have a second chance to make a good first impression.

First Impression

You are being evaluated even before the first question is asked. The first impression begins the moment you walk into the building. It begins with the first person make contact with through the handshake of the interviewer. Some helpful ways to do this are:

  • Initiate handshakes
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Warm smiles
  • A confident introduction of self
  • Good posture
  • Acknowledge each person along your journey: the parking attendant, the receptionist, those in the elevator, and of course the interviewer(s)

By implementing these positive gestures, these help build your confidence in interviews and everyday life. The goal of the interview is to leave knowing the interviewer(s) are confident in your abilities to perform the job successfully. Being able to communicate your talents, skills, and experiences can help the interviewer(s) know why you are the right fit. Just like you want to begin the interview on a strong note, you want to end it the same way.

Company Research

However, it is not enough to be able to talk about yourself. You should also do research on the company. Utilizing company websites, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and others can give you insight into the company culture. Look for their mission statement and how they work within their community. At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Use the research you did ahead of time to compose your questions. A good rule of thumb is to have three questions on hand (in the event one or two are answered during the interview). By having your questions ready, you show your interest and more importantly, you are prepared. A few good questions are:

  • What do YOU like about working here?
  • What types of training opportunities does this department provide?
  • What can you tell me about your new products or growth plans?

It is not uncommon to worry about how to answer interview questions. Optimal Resume is a great resource for SPC students to practice answering interview questions. Some of the interview examples included are initial face-to-face, hiring manager, and panel interviews. Each type of interview has at least 10 practice questions to help you be more prepared. You can learn more about it at: (click on student login, then click on the My Courses tab, scroll down and on the far right-hand side you will see the link to Optimal Résumé).

For more information about the Clearwater Campus workshop, contact Wanda Kimsey, Career Specialist. A special thank you to Adam Kayne, Clearwater Campus student worker, for creating this blog article.

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