Posted by Caroline
As an accounting major, I’ve been through the wringer when it comes to interviews. There was one month where I was traveling to DC every Friday for Super Days with the Big Four accounting firms. Luckily, I was able to pick up some tips and tricks along the way to help calm my nerves and make me feel as confident as possible for a traditional business interview:
It is important to know what questions you could be asked – this site has a list of questions that are frequently asked by the Big Four. It’s essential to practice how you would answer these types of questions, however, you don’t want to sound too rehearsed. To prevent this, I made a list of my experiences, using my resume as a guideline, and pulled specific examples from each that would fit the framework of various questions. This way I knew the main points I wanted to hit without sounding like a robot.
This goes hand-in-hand with being prepared. You should be knowledgeable about the company you are interviewing with, the industries they work in and, if possible, learn what you can about the person interviewing you. This information should guide your questions, so you can ask new and thought provoking questions, not just the generic ones you’ll find in other lists of interview tips. Additionally, I would always check the news from the morning of my interview, to make sure I would be able to make small talk about recent events if necessary.
While you should obviously portray a professional demeanor, it is also important to be true to who you are and put your best self forward. The interviewer will be able to see through your façade if you are trying to be someone you are not. For me, this meant still being bubbly and friendly, while also demonstrating that I have a good head on my shoulders and am a fast learner.
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