Follow these steps to increase your chance of getting the job:
Show you know your stuff. Investigate recent events and projects the company has completed in the area you are applying for. If you are applying for a marketing job and see on the internet that a new website is coming soon, talk about changes that could be made for the website during your interview. If you are applying for a sales job, talk about a new way to go about selling the product. To do this, you have to know how they already sell it. By showing you are knowledgeable about what goes on at the company, you are showing that you BELONG there. Make it obvious that you can make valuable contributions to the company, and your interviewer will want to hire you so they can learn more. By researching the company, you also show your interviewer that you CARE about the company and the job you are applying for. Employees that care about their job work harder, which is a trait that your future boss wants in an employee.
Nobody wants to hire someone that will not understand basic tasks or someone that does not care enough to get off of their bums and work. To show that you pay attention to detail, do not make mistakes in your cover letter or resume. Proofread!!! Spellcheck!! Get the name of your interviewer right when you are talking to him/her. Don't misspell the name of the company or job you are applying for. Details do matter.
I'll tell you a secret. Your GPA doesn't matter nearly as much as your people skills. Do you want to know why people hold interviews? It's not to learn about your professional achievements. They can see that on your resume. It's to learn about your personality. Will you fit in with this company's culture? If you are nervous, don't let it show. People want to work with someone that's fun and likeable. I'm not saying that you can walk in with absolutely no experience and charm them into giving you a job with a clever anecdote, but it's a start. Act like you KNOW you are the best person for this job. Relax. Breathe. Laugh a little. Confidence is key to a good first impression. Smile so you look friendly. Nobody wants to work with someone that never smiles. They are downers and will darken the work place with their gloom and doom. Nobody wants to shake a hand that feels like a dead fish either. Don't just let it flop in their hand, be firm! Grip! But don't crush their bones either.
You better not leave that interview without asking questions. Show you are interested in your future job. Here are some sample questions you could ask:
DO NOT ask the following:
Best of luck! If you need to find a job to apply for, visit the Career Services database. And remember, you are a HOOSIER. We are built to succeed. You've got this.