5 quick tips for crushing your next Big 4 interview
Whether you’re going into your first or 100th Big 4 interview, there are some simple things you can do to improve your state of mind, confidence, and energy levels before the interview fun begins. Implement the 5 quick tips below for your next interview and you’ll be on the Partner track in no time:
- Don’t drive!
- If your interview is on the other side of campus or a nearby city that you’re planning on driving to… don’t! Everyone hates parking, looking for meters, losing your car in a garage somewhere, getting lost etc… It’s 2016 – take a cab / Uber / Lyft, or take your city’s public transportation. It reduces stress because you’re not worried about everything mentioned above, and you have brain space to do whatever works for you – whether that’s rehearsing some of your potential answers or listening to some jams to help clear your head.
- Show up early, but not too early.
- Everyone has a different style here, but I always liked being at least 30 minutes early to the general vicinity of my interview, finding a Starbucks nearby to do a quick mental reset, and doing something like reviewing my resume / practicing answers, or reading the paper to get have more ammo for office small talk. Then I’d walk over to the building so that I arrived ~ten minutes before I was scheduled for my first interview. Ten minutes should be plenty of time to check in and get to whatever room I need to be in, but not so early where you’re awkwardly sitting around for half the day.
- Do SOMETHING active in the morning
- No need to run a casual pre-interview marathon, but if you can get a few jumping jacks or a quick gym session in, 15-20 minutes of anaerobic or aerobic activity works wonders. It gets your blood flowing, helps clear your head, ups your confidence, and gives you a boost of energy that won’t leave you shaking with caffeine jitters.
- Talk to the other candidates
- Yes they may in theory be your competition for the job, but they may also be your future colleagues. Think about this from the point of view of the interviewers: if they see you as someone who can walk in cold and hold an engaging conversation with strangers, that speaks to your ability to interact with clients and colleagues down the road.
- Look good, feel good, interview good
- It’s game time – before you head into the waiting room, take a quick trip to the bathroom and take one last look in the mirror. Did some of your last cup of coffee miss your mouth and catch your shirt (bonus tip: always keep a Tide-to-Go pen in your bag)? Check to make sure everything is tucked in, tie is on point, and shoes aren’t showing any dirt clumps etc… It’s common sense stuff, but with the pre-interview adrenaline rush it’s often easy to overlook.
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