If you caught my most recent internship update post or watched last Wednesday’s Instastory (follow me on Insta here, if you aren’t already!), then you know that I was recently given the opportunity to interview potential candidates for the next intern who is going to replace me this summer at the company I am currently working for. It was such an amazing opportunity, especially because it means that I, for once, was on the other side of the job searching table! I was the one you had to impress, not the other way around. 😉
I first reviewed all the applications we received and then had to narrow them down to choose the candidates that I thought would be the most qualified for the position (and I wrote an entire post about it here if you want to know more about it!). Then, of course, came the interviews. I was really excited for this part because I have always been the interviewee, not the interviewer. Being on the flipside of the coin made me understand things about job interviews that I had never really considered before. By seeing others being under the spotlight, I noticed some interview mistakes that I am pretty sure candidates are not even aware they are making – and, well, I probably made them too, at some point. Here’s what I’ve learned from being the interviewer for a day.