Y’all, tomorrow is THE day. I’ve got a big interview. HUGE. And tbh, I’m already nervous
sweating glistening. Of course I’m excited and confident and super prepared, but I still can’t help but get a serious case of the butterflies pterodactyls. Like, hardcore flapping and moving and grooving in there. Although a part of that may just be the fact I haven’t eaten lunch yet. The interview is for a children’s librarian position at a public library here in Denver, aka pretty much the dream job, which makes the pressure even more thick.
The good news is that I’ve definitely had my fare share of interviews–over 30 in the last two years alone–and I’ve pretty much got the process down to a science. A very weird and crazy science, but a science that works.
My boy Bill Nye can probably back me up on this.
From phone interviews, Skype sessions and the tres important in-person interviews, here are just a few tried and true ways that have helped me, and which will hopefully help you, prep like a boss:
1. A little positive self-reflection. You is kind. You is smart. You is important. You
is are also intelligent and creative and funny and savvy and the sharpest crayon in the box. Before you can convince any potential employer that you’re the one for the job, you have to convince probably the most important person first: yourself. Go into your interview balls ‘a blazing, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-medal. You got this, boo.
2. Lucky Undies. Confession time: there are two pairs of lucky skivies that I’ve had probably since pre-college. They’ve helped me get through many an exam, presentation, Brewer’s playoff game and even a few first dates. I’m not superstitious (only a little stitious), but for some reason these Care-Bear underoos give me a secret little pep in my step. Huh, maybe that was Victoria’s Secret all along…
3. Psych Yourself Up. Whenever I’m getting ready for a big night out (on those rare occasions when I’m not Netflix and Chilling with my cats), on a run or getting ready for a softball game, there is always major tunage involved. There is just something about music, the right kind of music, that can set the tone and get your blood pumping. My top three go-tos:
Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger
Eminems’ Lose Yourself
Def Leppard’s Put Some Sugar On Me
4. Practice Makes Perfect: Cliché central over here, but it really is true. Going into anything prepared will only help you feel more comfortable and confident about your performance. Try to anticipate the questions that will be asked, prepare versions of the answers to these questions, as well as questions you want to ask the employer. For my interview I was asked to create a children’s storytime outline and present the actual storytime to the hiring committee (not even a little bit awkward giving a presentation to a bunch of grown adults that’s really meant for a 3-4 year old audience). And while not all interviews will involve reading Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar (with an accompanying puppet show), it’s important to spend some time practicing your interview technique.
5. Do Your Research. And I’m not talking about mapping out the prime lunch spots near the office or Facebook/LinkedIn-stalking your potential new hot co-workers (but that doesn’t hurt). Get to know the company, it’s values, the work environment. Prove to your maybe-new boss that you’re invested, interested and that you know your shiznit.
6. Pick Out the Perfect Interview Outfit. My dad always told me, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” As much as it kills me, physically pains me to wear a business coat and fancy heels, sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Will I be dressed like this everyday, working with kids and boogers and finger paint and boogers and fruit punch juice boxes and just all of the boogers? Proooooobbbbaly not. But first impressions are crucial, guys. Think of it as a promising first date. You wouldn’t wear sweats and a t-shirt meeting the potential love of your life, would you? Okay, maybe I would but…
7. Smile. It looks good on you. 🙂 Plus, no one wants a Debbie Downer working for them. Act like you actually want the job you’re interviewing for. Smile, have a firm handshake, and make eye contact. Above all else, have fun. Interviews are or can be a stressball of a thing. It’s important to remember to have fun, and enjoy yourself!
Tomorrow’s the day, guys! Am I nervous? Hells to the yes. But am I ready to go in and kill this thing? Abso-froggin-lutely! With a smidge of Sugar, a little luck[y underwear], and a lot of hope, this interview won’t know what hit it.
QOTD: What do you do to help get you prepared for an interview?
What’s more nerve-wracking? A promising first date, or a job interview?