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4 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Job interviews are terrifying. Just saying ‘job interviews’ can cause tremors and evoke fear for many college graduates. And yet, it is an inevitable part of graduating. It is the next step.

I’ve had a couple of job interviews. I’ve had some that went well and some that just didn’t. When they did go well, it was because I was being myself. With that said, I’m going to present four tips for a successful job interview.

Tip #1) Be humble.

Be modest. Don’t brag. It’s okay when the interviewer gives you a compliment for your perfect 4.0 GPA. But don’t talk on and on about it. Simply thank the interviewer and move on.

Tip #2) Be honest.

Tell the truth. Don’t lie. Don’t tell your interviewer that you are an Adobe Photoshop Guru, when you don’t even own the program. Tell the truth about what you can do and not what you think the interviewer wants to hear.

Tip #3) Do your homework.

Research the organization. Research the position. What is the organization’s mission? What are its values? Do you see yourself making a difference in the future of the organization? Where do you see yourself ten years from now? How will you help the organization achieve its goals?

Tip #4) Speak nonverbally.

Act well. Oftentimes, your nonverbal communication (behavior, mannerisms, appearance) has a more profound impact than your verbal communication. Maximize this by maintaining good posture, dressing professionally, and having a good attitude.

Be honest, be humble, do your homework, and speak nonverbally so that you can establish a relationship with the interviewer. This does not mean that you should be their best friend. But you do need to establish a rapport with the interviewer. You want the interviewer to see your potential and what you can do for the organization.

Watch this YouTube video that I found about this hilarious job interview:

Comment below and tell me what you think about this video. Or, share your thoughts on job interviews. What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked?

Dreams at 26

I’m 26 years old. I am a twenty-something. I can no longer say that I am a young adult or that I’m in my early twenties. I have my feet solidly in my twenties. I look back to those angsty teenage years and those rocky early twenties, and I am filled with awe and wonder. Where has all the time gone? Have I changed? Who have I become?

I’m at the point in my life when I can still remember those early years and still be able to look forward to what is coming next. I remember the day that I turned 10 and how super excited I was to finally be in the double digits. I remember turning 13, excited about changes and middle school.

And then I remember turning eighteen, excited about high school graduation and the college years. Eighteen signified adulthood, independence, voting rights, and college. Eighteen was the magic number, sandwiched between the awkward teen years and impending adulthood.

Turning twenty was another momentous event. It marks the end of adolescence and the official beginning of adulthood. I could finally say that I was in my twenties. I was no longer a child. I could finally start to make my mark on the world. Even at twenty, I was still filled with dreams. I wanted to join the Peace Corps and help people. I wanted to help people better themselves.

Even now, at 26, that desire hasn’t changed. I’d like to go forward with my degree and work for a non-profit organization. If I can make a positive impact on even one person’s life, then I would be immensely satisfied. I want work that is meaningful and life changing. I realize that I am just a small piece in the puzzle of the world. But even that small piece can do something big and wonderful. That small piece can change the world.

I’m older and I’d like to think that I am wiser now. But I am still filled with the same idealizations and dreams that I had when I was twenty. And I’m okay with that. I am a dreamer, but I am also a fixer.