Whether your thing is video games, sports, or board games, every good gamer knows it takes effort and persistence to take your game to the next level. The same goes for interviewing; it is a skill that requires thought, preparation, and strategy to level up.
To master any game, you need to start with the fundamentals. In the case of interviewing, that means possessing a thorough understanding of yourself, your skills, interests, experience, values, and knowledge. It is essential that you understand what you bring to the employment game.
In studying the playbook, be sure you are familiar with the responsibilities, requirements, and essential skills for your desired position and the specific role you are interviewing for. Also take the time to research the organization by thoroughly reading their website, looking through LinkedIn profiles, and Googling for current events or news involving the company or industry.
All good performers practice and you need to as well. UMUC’s CareerQuest platform offers two tools, Quinncia and Interview Stream, that will allow you to conduct mock interviews, review your recordings, and receive feedback.
On game day show up on-time, well groomed, and appropriately dressed. Have your equipment ready in the form of pen and paper for taking notes and bring extra resumes if requested. Most of all, show up with a winner mindset. Be ready to showcase what you offer and never dwell on what you think you might lack. Use your strengths to propel your game forward while also focusing on the needs of the employer and the position requirements.
Post game, immediately jot down important notes to follow up or research. Send a thank you card or email to the interviewer reiterating your interest in the position and thanking them for their consideration. And like any good sportsperson, evaluate your performance for opportunities and areas of improvement.
Super Bowl champs and MVPs don’t happen without effort, and neither does landing a new, exciting employment opportunity. To take your interviewing game to the next level, do what all champions do—prepare, practice, and be persistent. The road to victory is not always smooth or easy, but it is worth it.
To access a full recording of the recent webinar “Upping Your Interviewing Game“ please click here. You can also contact UMUC’s Office of Career Services at 240-684-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit CareerQuest.
Ann Martin is a Career Advising Specialist at University of Maryland University College where she has worked for more than five years. She holds a master’s in mental health counseling from Bowie State University. As a mid-life career changer, she feels uniquely qualified to assist adult students in transforming their lives and finding their place in the workforce.