Life Hacks: The Interview

By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
@shizupates

Be prepared and SUIT UP!/PHOTO VIA Flickr user brennuskrux

Hello, hello – Shivani here. Here’s your weekly dose of Life Hacks.

This topic is dedicated to my friend, who almost made me lose faith in our class and our competency.

Sit back and relax while I tell you a short story.

The other day, I was casually sitting at Marciano doing homework and listening to my music. My aforementioned friend walks by and decides to sit with me.

Already, it’s obvious that he looks pretty tired. He then launches into a story about his horrid interview to be a campus ambassador.

He went to the interview in sweats and a t-shirt (and only realized so five minutes beforehand). He hoped he could play it off as a joke, but sadly, it didn’t turn out that way.

During the interview itself, his phone actually went off. You’d think this would be the worst of it, but no. He was asked to describe a certain area of campus as he would to a group. Instead of describing a place on East campus, he ended talking about a place all the way on West Campus.

Yikes.

Here are three things NOT to do during an interview (and hopefully not be a n00b):

1. Dress Up

Never, ever, ever wear sweat pants to a meeting. That is rule number one. If you didn’t learn that in high school, surf the web or ask a friend but that’s a basic skill any person needs to succeed an interview. In fact, you should be wearing the complete opposite. It is imperative that you have at least a pair of nice slacks or a nice skirt (modest, obviously) in order to dress to impress.

2. Silence Your Phone

These days, we’re so plugged in that it’s hard to remember that we need to silence it sometimes. Make sure to always keep your phone on silent. Even keeping it on vibrate is a bit of obnoxious, so just do yourself a favor. That text message from you best friend can wait while you have the interview.

3. Know Your Info

Seriously? Mixing up East and West campus? If you’re applying for a certain position, look at what the job will entail. If, for example, you want to be a campus ambassador, know about the campus! Simple as that. If you’re unsure however, it never hurts to ask the person in charge for more information about the position. They might appreciate your honesty and curiosity (win-win).

So there you have it. My friend has learned from his mistake, and hopefully so have you. Good luck on your interview, and for Pete’s sake, don’t wear sweats to the interview.

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