Interviewing for jobs can highly be intimidating. Especially if you identify as womxn or BIPOC. For many of us, we have been told we are secondary or lesser than, and finding the confidence to prove that narrative wrong is tricky.
I wanted to target high school juniors who are starting their college applications as well as college seniors who are on the prowl for full time jobs.
Today I will be sharing a few of the tips that help me prepare for interviews. I have struggled with anxiety since I can remember, so interviews only heighten this.
I have developed a few ways to calm myself. I am not saying these are foolproof and these are only suggestions.
Dress for success
Throughout my teenage years and early twenties, I find that wearing something that makes me feel good, leads to more confidence.
Dressing up for the occasion can play a huge factor in calming your nerves. I know I look good and now I know I can ace this interview! Confidence is key, and looking sharp can aid in one more factor for peace of mind.
You don’t need to break the bank to dress well. Ask friends to borrow a blazer or check out your local thrift store. H&M can also be a good spot for cheap basics.
Before an interview, it is always important to prepare. First off, know why you want the job. Find the company’s mission statement and make sure your answer aligns with this. If it doesn’t, maybe this isn’t the right job for you.
I try to take notes on keywords I want to mention in my interview, perhaps praising them on their attempts for diversity but saying how you can help usher in a new era that will accomplish their goals.
Getting into the right mindset for an interview can be daunting. I like to get focused. I listen to music that will not only motivate me but also focus me. Songs I know and love that comfort me.
This is a playlist that can be very helpful for calming nerves.
If you’re a white cis-man this section is not for you, avert your eyes. Womxn, non-binaries and other marginalized folx I am now talking directly to you.
Men go out with full confidence for jobs they are not qualified for and often still get it. It’s time for us to replicate this confidence and get the jobs we deserve. Remember you are qualified, everything you’ve done has been preparation. Even if you don’t get the job, at least you confidently tried and didn’t back down from sending in that application.
Try to find solace in the fact that under the anxiety and fear, your gut knows you are qualified and possess the knowledge. You have all the traits to make you a fit for the position, face the challenge head-on and embody the fearless spirit of the white cis-male.
All in all, I hope this article reminds you that you can ace an interview. Do what works for you and I wish all the college seniors searching for jobs good luck!