So you applied for student affairs programs. Congratulations! You wrote personal statements that, if you’re anything like me, were difficult and time consuming. You tweaked your résumé a million times and did more research on student affairs than you ever thought you would. Finishing those things is a serious accomplishment so you should celebrate yourself!
Did you do it? Because now it’s time to think about interview conferences. Below are some tips and tricks to help you get through those stressful conferences.
1. Invest in some business professional clothes!
I know it can be expensive but it is so worth it to invest in a few professional pieces. Not only will this make you feel more comfortable during conferences (outfit choices made easy!), but you will also use these pieces after you’re in a program. Presentations and important meetings are taken up a notch when you look put together. Keep an eye out for deals on suits and professional tops to help defray the costs!
2. Know your résumé!
Now this may seem like a no brainer but it’s important! Go through the résumé you submitted to the program and reflect back on the experiences you had in those positions. Go through common interview questions and think about the answers you might have for those. When you’re in the middle of the stress of interview conferences you’ll have some things you’re ready for!
3. Practice, practice, practice!
It may seem silly, but mock interviews can be very helpful! Ask some of those wonderful student affairs mentors you have to help you with some mock interviews. Not only will you start to feel more comfortable with answering those questions but it will also allow you to get feedback on your answers.
4. Don’t forget you’re always on!
Interview conferences can be long and exhausting; sometimes you might feel like you need a break. That’s perfectly normal and to be expected. However, don’t forget that you’re always being observed. As ‘big brother’ as that sounds, it’s true. Your host will be watching you, your interviewers will be watching you, and those in the waiting room will be watching you. If you feel yourself needing a break, ask someone where a close by coffee shop is (most campuses have them) and go there to unwind. It’s perfectly fine to need some time to yourself. Make sure you’re putting your best foot forward toward the people who are deciding your fate at that institution.
There are tons of things to remember during interview conferences. The most important one is to be yourself. Nothing will represent you and your personality better than that. Write down why you want to go into this profession and keep it with you at all times. When you start to feel overwhelmed or like you can’t do this, read that reason and go forward and be awesome!
Do you all have any other tips or tricks? Leave them below in the comments.
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