Interviews From A - Z: It's All About Attitude

There are many things about an interview that you can't necessarily control. But one thing you can control that has a significant impact on the success of your interview is the "a" word - Attitude. It's important that you go in to an interview feeling confident (not arrogant) about your abilities and what you have to offer an organization. When you meet or are introduced to someone, shake his/her hand firmly. Look the interviewer in the eyes when you respond to questions. Sit straight in your chair. Smile and be friendly during the process. These things project an image of self-confidence and professionalism that interviewers like to see. If you go into an interview with a weak handshake, stare at the floor during the interview, slouch in your chair, and/or seem bored, tired, irritated, or impersonal, you will come across as someone who isn't sure he/she can do the job - so why would the organization want to hire you? (For more information on interview don'ts, click here). Interviews can be nerve-wracking situations that can shake anyone's confidence, so it's important that you take the time to prepare to make yourself feel comfortable and less anxious. Know that you have a lot of skills and strengths to offer. Focus on these strengths and don't be so concerned about what you can't do. Most organizations know that candidates come to them with some expertise that will need to be enhanced through formal and on-the-job training.

If you don't have a whole lot of interviewing experience or would like to improve your interviewing skills, contact a member of the Career Services' staff for assistance at 906-227-2800. You can discuss interviewing strategies or arrange for a mock interview to get feedback on your strengths and areas for development.

To help ensure a positive attitude going into the interview, there are some other simple things you can do for yourself. Read on to learn more.

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