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Job interviews are a nerve-wracking necessity for students from the US and abroad looking for work.
Remain calm, smile, and remember the tips we’ve compiled below to help you get work as a student.
Don’t forget: If you are seeking student work abroad and have a US student visa, you must follow specific US laws and regulations before you get work. Talk to an adviser at the international student services office at your college or university before you look for a job.
Bring several copies of a professional, one-page resume and cover letter to every job interview.
You probably already sent them to the office you are interviewing with. In fact, you probably got the interview based on them! But you may be interviewed by more than one person, and they may not have reviewed your resume and cover letter.
In addition, be prepared to give your interviewer three resume references and their phone numbers if you didn’t include them in your US style resume. Your references should be people who know your academic or work ability well. They should not be relatives.
You also may find it helpful to bring a pen and paper in order to take note of important information from your interviewer.
The probable first request from your interviewer: Tell me about yourself.
You shouldn’t tell them your life story, but students should be ready with a brief account of their education and work history. You also should be able to answer these 10 common interview questions:
1. Why do you want this job?
2. What experience do you have?
3. Why should we hire you?
4. What is your best quality?
5. What is your worst quality?
6. What skills are you most proud of?
7. Do you work better independently or in a team?
8. What are your postgraduate employment plans?
9. Is there anything else you want to tell us?
10. Do you have any questions for us?
This is by no means a complete list of questions you could be asked. You could be asked about the last book you read, or even about your favorite vacation.
No matter what, answer the questions calmly and truthfully. Remain pleasant, and feel free to ask questions to the person interviewing you.
The interviewer wants to make sure you are a good fit for the office. Remember: The job interview also is your time to make sure the work is a good fit for you!
Finding student work abroad can be a challenge, but remember these tips to help make a good impression and secure a rewarding position.