You’ve just finished four years of studying and you think the hard part is over…think again! Nailing your intern interview is the next important step in your career. We’ve assembled some advice and tips to help you make a killer impression!
First impressions count
You’ve heard the old saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well according to our HR Manager at the Guild, it stills rings true! You should look your best at a job interview, wear something simple, professional and clean. Choose something that makes you feel confident, and dare I say, powerful?
Make eye contact!
Eye contact is particularly important when you’re meeting your interviewers; it will also help you remember names. It shows you’re confident and personable, and in retail pharmacy, this goes a long way!
Have some questions prepared to ask your interviewers.
This says to your interviewers that you’ve come prepared, and you’re keen to learn! It also says you will take the initiative to understand the role.
Know the organisation!
In the age of information, knowing and understanding what your organisation does, and where their strengths and weaknesses lie is so important! You may find out that this organisation isn’t for you, or that you can offer some suggestions of how you can make a difference in your interview.
It sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how often people turn up just in the nick of time, or worse, late! Arriving early gives you some time to relax, catch your breath and reflect on what you want to achieve in your interview.
Be clear on what you want to achieve in your career
Think about what you’d like to get out of the position, and ask yourself why pharmacy? Often interviewers will ask the tough questions about your motivation, and where you see yourself in five or ten years. So be honest and truthful with yourself before your interview, and your interviewers will see an earnest and candid candidate!
It’s very normal to experience nerves, but try to remember every powerful, successful person has been interviewed and felt nervous about the process (you are not alone!) Don’t underestimate the power of a great first impression, or killer job interview!