How To Prepare For An Interview | Brandon Wisdom | University of Lincoln

How To Prepare For An Interview | Brandon Wisdom | University of Lincoln


Good day guys! My name is Brandon, and today
we’re gonna be talking about one of my biggest trigger words as a student: Employment. *gasp* AHH! Wait, wait, before you click off of this video
to recover, let me help you. One of the biggest problems that students encounter on their
journey to getting a job is the interview process. So, allow me to share with you some of my
advice on what to do at an interview. Whether you’re applying for a graduate job, or just
looking for some part-time work during term time, this will help you. To demonstrate my point, I have employed the
help of Remus over here. Say hi Remus. Wait, Remus, what are you wearing? We can’t
have you looking like… THAT, for an interview. Interviewers liking seeing you in smart business
attire for the most part, but some informal interviews will prefer smart-casual. For now, let’s just go with a suit. Looking good Remus, now show me how you would
introduce yourself to me as the interviewer. Nope! Nope! Definitely not! First impressions are very important at interviews
and you don’t want to start off with… whatever that is. Smile, give a strong handshake and
remember to maintain eye contact. Nobody likes shifty eyes, they make you look…
suspicious, but also not confident. Now, the interviewer in question will probably
be bombarding you with questions like “What can you bring to the company?” or “What prior
experience do you have for working at this role?” Under no circumstances should any of your
responses be: It was on my CV, you should have read it. Oh Remus, that’s not going to make you sound
employable now is it? Here is where the STAR technique comes in. Just as a side-note, the STAR technique really
benefited me in some of my most recent interviews and I am so glad that I have been able to
learn it, because the more and more you use the STAR technique. it’s going to benefit
you a ton. Okay, here we go Remus, the STAR technique
stands for… Stare Tantalizingly At Rhinos. Nah, I’m just kidding, it stands for Situation
Task Action and Result. Even if you’ve never done a part-time job before, let’s say this
is your first interview, still try and incorporate the STAR technique. Pick a uni scenario in
which you did some tough group work, or maybe you did some volunteering a few years back,
use that instead. You think you’re all set Remus? Alrighty then! Go out and win those interviewers
over. Did you see that? Remus left completely upbeat
without a care in the world. This brings up my final point. How does one stay calm and confident before
and during interviews. Like doing an audition or sitting an exam,
having an interview is pretty much that exact same feeling of nervousness. Me, personally,
I always get this kind of tense feeling in my chest whenever I go into an interview.
So here’s what I do to remain calm before I head in. Take some deep breathing exercises. So four
breaths in *inhales* through the nose of course, *exhales* and four breaths out through your
mouth. I know this probably makes me look silly, but genuinely it helps you in feelings
of nervousness, whenever you’re feeling anxious, that sort of thing. Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep, because
you don’t want to be staying up all night thinking: “Oh my god what questions are they gonna ask?
Oh my god, I’ve prepared but I don’t feel like I’m ready enough. Ah! AH! AH!” That isn’t gonna help anyone. So yeah that was just a little video explaining
some of my advice on what to do when preparing for an interview… hey that rhymed. Now, of course, this was very general and
tried to cover a broad area, so, if you have any specific advice, please let us know. Be sure to follow Student Life on all its
social medias, my name’s Brandon and I shall see you next time. Bye for now!

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