Yes! I got a phone call today requesting a date for a job interview. I am really excited (much to the annoyance of my husband, family, and friends) and eager to do well at the interview and get this job. It is $14-16 and hour, five days a week from beginning to end. It is a research and writing position.
Now, this is definitely only an internship, which will run from 1 March to the end of August (I think the end), but hopefully this will lead to other great jobs. It is also a research job. Admittedly, this is only partially in my major, but it works with Native American agencies and the Engineers at the firm. They want someone to basically do a research-based write-up of the entire process of the project, from its inception to completion and the history behind it. I will likely need to drive around and meet with the people involved and affected, but that will be a lot of fun for me. I like people.
I really want to get this job. Not only is it a great opportunity to work on my research, writing, and interview skills, but a wonderful opportunity to network and learn new skills that will help me in the future. Really, any job would do this, but this seems to be a step closer to my goals in Environmental Science. It will also be a rewarding experience no matter what!
In wanting to do well, I ask you, dear reader, what you suggest. I already asked if they wanted me to bring anything and they said it wasn’t necessary, and if I wanted to submit any additional materials to do so ahead of time so they can look through what I send before the interview. I intend to bring a notebook to take notes, as well as a planner/calendar to set up appointments and dates, etc. I want to look as organized as possible, since they are looking for someone who is organized for the job. (I had my thesis stuff organized! Which was what I submitted as my research-based-writing sample.)
Any suggestions on attire? I plan to wear some of my favourite jewelry (which is Native American in design and origin, and kind of fits their “Native Americans are encouraged to apply” bit) and am debating between dress pants or a skirt… I also plan to wear my blazer and my only button-up shirt (white).
Should I bring my “indie-style” purse? Or perhaps just carry the items in my hands? Should I bring my whole laptop with external hard drive and all? Should I bring printed copies of what I intend to send them on the disk?
I am definitely going to try to come with specific questions and TRY not to ramble in my nervousness (an unfortunately true thing that happens). Any good ways to stay calm when getting the job may mean food on the table and a roof over your head? Things I should definitely or definitely not say or do?
I really don’t know how formal they want this to be, or how many other applicants they are interviewing. Shall I err on the side of formal? Or a bit informal to show off how people-oriented my personality is? I am bad at this whole interview thing, really. 😦
Please comment and give me your opinions and suggestions! I need all the help I can get.