Fire away: You shouldn’t be intimidated by interviews if you’re prepared

Commentary by Kailtin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

Preparing for an interview can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn't have to be, especially if you prepare yourself ahead of time. / Photo illustration by Metro Creative Graphics

They say a person’s impression of you is made within the first 30 seconds.
There is a lot of truth to this statement, especially when you meet a person for an interview. The person interviewing you is judging your appearance, body language and demeanor from the second they lay eyes on you to determine whether or not you are worthy of the opportunity they are providing.
When preparing for a job interview, it is always a good idea to have a resume prepared with at least three references. A cover letter is also something that indicates a good amount maturity and helps let the interviewer know a tad more information about you. No matter what kind of job it is, it always looks good to be prepared and it shows how serious you are about attaining a job.
The way you look is a key aspect of an interview. Wearing professional looking attire says a lot about a person. A well-groomed appearance and no overbearing perfumes or makeup tells of good personal hygiene and attention to detail.
During an interview, many questions will be asked regarding future plans, extracurricular activities and awards and achievements. Having a short list of these already prepared makes it easier on the interviewer and leaves no room for error regarding names and places.
After all is said and done, the respectful and courteous thing to do is to write a thank-you note or at the very least send a thank-you note to the person or organization that interviewed you. Remember, you were not the only applicant and they did provide you with an opportunity that not everyone was allowed.

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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