With Sorority Recruitment finally over, I finally have time to reflect on everything I’ve learned in the last week. The biggest thing I’ve learned in the last week is the importance of interview skills.
Serving as Vice President, I had the pleasure of conducting more than 20 interviews for nervous potential new members. In conducting all of these interviews, I learned several things.
First, I learned the importance of first impressions. The initial interaction with the person you are interviewing can make or break your entire experience.
Next, as cliche as it sounds, confidence is key. I found that interviewing someone who is unsure of themselves is awkward for all parties involved. If you believe you are the best candidate for the position, then show it.
Finally, image is everything. Again, this is very cliched, but the way you present yourself speaks volumes. This includes presenting yourself both through what you wear and how you carry yourself. The importance of professionalism can not be overlooked even in less formal environments.
No matter what field you plan to enter after graduation, interview skills are a necessity. Even in college, being confident at the interviewing process is critical. The sooner you become comfortable, the more ready you will be to job into the real world after graduation.
Alexandra (AJ) Goebelbecker is a sophomore double major in Communication Arts and History/Political Science. When she’s not in class, she’s working for the Marywood chapter Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the HerCampus Marywood blog.