Job Seeker Tip

Interviewing? Learn how to ace the process from a member of our talent relations team.

Lee Taylor Buckley, talent relations coordinator at the Charles Koch Institute (CKI), shares some valuable insight into applying and what candidates can do to be successful during the interview process. Lee Taylor is a Koch Associate Program 2014-15 alumna and received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.

One of the biggest causes of anxiety for young professionals is the job interview, but it’s all about preparation. Here are some tips for boosting your confidence before the big day:

  1. Err on the side of formality. The interview—whether in person or via Skype—is a first impression. Compelling candidates consider what professional brand they are portraying through every step of the admissions process and never miss an opportunity to dazzle with professional dress, body language, and word choice. You wouldn’t wear a hoodie to an interview, so why do so when recording a video response as part of your application?
  2. Study. The interview is a test, and you should study. While CKI looks for those with a solid academic record, the strongest candidates don’t stop at academics. They utilize informational phone calls with recruiters and scour the website to learn more about the mission of the organization, the structure of the programming, and the partner organizations that could potentially employ them.
  3. Prove you’re the best person for the job. Past behavior is the best indicator of future performance. Take some time to reflect on past experiences that attest to your strengths. Instead of promising that you will be entrepreneurial and work well with others, be prepared to succinctly describe situations in which you’ve previously demonstrated these qualities.

Every interview, whether or not it results in an offer, is an invaluable opportunity and will impart priceless experience. Have a positive attitude, do your homework, and put your best foot forward. Good luck!

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