5 Ways to Rock Your Next Interview

5 Ways to Rock Your Next Interview

With interviews for summer internships coming up, it's important to stand out amongst the competition.

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We're all going to have to do an interview for something in our lives. Whether it's a summer internship, Dance Marathon position, a leadership position in a club, or your dream job -- we're all going to experience this. Here are the top five ways to make sure you leave the interviewer starstruck.

Do Your Research!

It doesn't matter what you are interviewing for, you need to know about this company or organization. When going into an interview it is so impressive to already know basic things about the company like who the CEO is, what the company stands for and supports, the company's mission statement, etc. Don't get too creepy and know the CEO's niece's dog's name, but having a basic background on the company is guaranteed to get you extra brownie points.

Be Prepared

While this one seems obvious, it is seriously so so SO important. The best way to appear prepared is to carry a portfolio style folder with you into the interview full of the things you might need. This way you have a space to write notes about any important information they give you in the notepad section and a pocket for 1-2 extra copies of your resumé and/or recommendation letters. Lastly, be sure to have meaningful questions prepared to ask them. Questions like "how long is my lunch break?" or "so, are the people that work here, like, chill?" are NOT good questions to ask. Some good and basic questions I typically ask are "What would be my day-to-day tasks?" and "What does a typical week at (insert company name) look like?" You want to seem interested in the position enough to have seriously thought about the position and how it would affect you. Being prepared lets the interviewer know that you are serious about the position and makes your appear more responsible and put together.

Stay Away From Distracting Clothing  

That super cute new statement necklace you were thinking about wearing? Yeah, don't. Bright colors, large patterns, chunky jewelry or bright shoes can be so insanely distracting for an interviewer and could be what makes them choose someone else over you. It is best to stick to neutral, cool tones for formal interviews. Black, blues, white, light pink, grey, tan, khaki are all great examples of colors that would be okay. You could even go with a pattern as long as the pattern is small and not overly distracting. There are so many ways to make this cute and not boring, I promise! You can even add to the outfit with something like a nice watch or small necklace.

Also, be sure that your make-up is subtle and natural looking. It can be overwhelming for the interviewer if you walk in with a smokey eye and a bold red lip. Ladies, if you bra strap shows or you can see your bra through your shirt -- change. Men, wear a belt and make sure your pants are hitting your waistline.

Leave Your Phone In Your Car

I'm actually sitting here cringing thinking about my phone going off during an interview. I know you can put in on silent mode and that you won't be on it during the interview, but please. Just leave it in the car. There is not a good place to put your phone during an interview that won't be distracting.

Be Yourself 

I truly think the most important tip I can give you is to let your personality show in the interview. Be yourself and confident in who you are and be confident in your abilities! You're an amazing human and you have worked to hard to get to this point, to be at this interview. You deserve this!

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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15 Jokes To Keep You Laughing If You Think You Failed Your Finals

After the worst week of the year, we could all use a few good laughs.

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Finals week is by far the most stressful and exhausting week of the semester for college students. We take exams that are worth 30% or more of our final grade, we're mentally and physically exhausted from all the final projects, and we really just want to enjoy our upcoming break. It's hard to stay motivated, let alone laughing through the week, especially if you think you did poorly on your finals.

Here are a few cute jokes to put a smile on your face after finals week, especially if you don't think you did too well!

1. Why couldn't the bicycle stand up by itself? 

Because it was two-tired!

2. What did the tree say to the wind?

Leaf me alone!

3. What do you call a fake noodle?

An impasta!

4. What did the yoga instructor say when her landlord tried to evict her?

Namaste.

5. Why don't they play poker in the jungle?

Too many cheetahs!

6. How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

Ten-tickles!

7. When does a joke become a dad joke? 

When the punchline is a parent!

8. What's brown and sticky?

A stick.

9. What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investi-gator!

10. How does the moon cut his hair?

Eclipse it!

11. What do you call a dog magician?

A labracadabrador.

12. What did one oar say to the other?

Are you up for a little row-mance?

13. Why do bananas use sunscreen?

Because they peel!

14. What's the name of a pepper that won't leave you alone? 

Jalapeño Business.

15. Why didn't the toilet paper cross the road?

It was stuck in a crack!

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