Enduring an interview can most definitely be a treacherous feat for people of all personality types. My personal method of "shaking off the pre-interview nerve-wrack" is to get acquainted and friendly with other interviewees and interviewers. I consider myself enthusiastic and eager to enumerate my goals. My tip for all prospective ACAP interviewees is to remain professional, but fluid when engaging in an interview.
My very first interview was one of the most nerve wrecking things I'd experienced. I was very nervous and insecure about how well I would do. I hoped that I wouldn't mess up or look stupid in the interview. Some of the other students looked smarter than me and I felt intimidated and shy, but eventually someone spoke to me in the holding room and we made small talk that made me feel a little less tension. The interview went very smoothly, even though I was nervous and questioning if I was good enough to make it, and to my surprise I was. =)
I practiced answering a few interview questions before I went in the second time I applied and felt much more confident.
Also, participating in the Business Professionals of America organization at my high school helped me to develop skills and gain confidence in the process by doing local and state competitions in Interviewing skills.
Regardless of how many interviews you are a part of or how prepared you feel, interviews always have a way of surprising you with unexpected questions and situations. That is exactly why it is important to be honest and true to yourself through each and every one of them, have confidence in yourself, and keep a positive attitude!
My experience at the ACAP interview was wonderful! It was joyful and insightful, all in one, and of course my interviewers had a lot to do with how comfortable I was in the setting because of how sweetly and kindly they treated me! The compliments and positive comments they made on my application and my overall presence was humbling! I ha never felt so proud of my achievements, and overall myself.
Thank you Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Lockhart for the delightful experience and for making me feel so comfortable and welcomed, you have truly made an impact! :)
The interviewing process was a nice expierence. My interviewer was very kind and easy going. She made me feel at easy which made me feel more welcomed into the Acap program.
My interview with ACAP was enjoyable. My interviewers were friendly, organized, and open minded.
My interview experience was rather nervous than scared. I was nervous because I didn't know whether I would be accepted or not, I didn't believe they would accept me because I was five minutes late, and because there were so many questions. As the interview went on I begin to be more confident, open, and relaxed. The experience in the interview was great because I learned that I shouldn't be nervous or trembling in sweat. I know now that I should be on time, prepared, confident, relaxed, and open minded to possibilities or opportunities that I will have beyond the interview.
My first interview for ACAP was actually over the phone because I had the SAT that day and was not able to attend. My dad gave me a list of questions and had me answer them and he told me whether my responses were good or not. I went to make the phone call when I was done with my SAT and was nervous at first. The lady answered and was extremely friendly and I became more relaxed and she even asked a lot of the questioned my dad had asked me so I felt very prepared and it was a really good interview and we even shared a few laughs.
I was able to actually attend one of the interviews the next year and my interview went well. I wasn't too nervous and I was more confident. The more I talked to the lady interviewing me I found out that she attended the college that I plan to attend and she was able to give me a lot of insight about the college and she handed me her number and said I could call her around my junior and senior year for internships and would possibly recruit me. The interview went great and it was a great experiance.
My interview with ACAP was exciting because I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be in the program. I went over some questions with my dad that I may be asked in the interview so I would be prepared. The interviewer lady was very nice and I was ready to answer all the questions she had for me.
My interview with ACAP was exciting. My interviewer was cool and he gave me 'word from the wise' advice. I was kind of nerves because last year i wasnt accepted into the program, but my second go around I knew what to expect.
My interview was short, simple, yet effective. The interviewer managed to get essential information in a brief amount of time. I did enjoy my interview. Due to my previous experience with ACAP i knew what to expect, and my interview definitely reflected it. Overall, i had a good one.
My interview for ACAP was very nervous for me at first. My legs shook uncontrollably and the sweating was unbearable! I was surprised at my self by these actions because this wasn't my first interview and I spent days preparing mentally. However, my interviewer, Mr. Mateo made me feel less jittery by asking questions about myself and even made a business casual joke by letting me walk too far past his door at the beginning of the interview.The questions were easier than I feared and throughout the interview, I felt calmer, braver, and more confident that I would be accepted into the ACAP program. Mr. Mateo gave me his business card at the end also, so that I could feel even more that I was in an actual interview, giving me a thrilling glimpse into the business world that I dream of one day thriving in, one way or another. I am even more excited now than before the interview process because I know more of the program. Now that I've been accepted, I am more than happy to begin my journey at ACAP next week!
The ACAP interview was my first major interview and needless to say, I was nervous. But as soon as I got there, everyone made me feel very at ease and I was able to meet with Mr. Brown for a few minutes and ask questions that I had. Once I sat down with my interviewer, I was feeling a lot more comfortable and was able to answer her questions without much hesitation or problem. I talked about myself and my past experiences very easily, despite the nerves I previously had. Overall, it was about a 15-20 minutes interview and I felt like it was a very thorough interview and that I had presented them with everything they should know about me. I can't believe that camp is in just one week now, and am more than looking forward to everything ACAP has to offer!
As a second year ACAP student, I did not come into thisinterview as nervous as before. However, when the process began it hit me. I really enjoyed the interviewing process. It allowed me to speak about me. The questions were centered towards my opinions and thoughts as well as self evauluation. It is not everyday a person asks you your own strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy this question because it is a time where I (the person who knows me best) can brag or constructively criticize myself.
My interview for ACAP created a new perspective towards my expectations of the program. My interviewers were very professional and to the point, yet they showed their ecstatic interest towards my opinions and questions, so I felt very welcoming. It is just like making new friends; you want to introduce yourself and let them get to know you; moreover, you also want to get to know them, so make sure you ask questions. Overall in my interview I felt relaxed and engaged; therefore, I gained helpful information for the ACAP week!
My first interview for ACAP went well because I actually got accepted to the program. I went in kind of nerves and shy because I really didn't know what to expect. The person that interviewed me was very friendly which made me feel a little more comfortable. My interview went by fast. I asked him to explain the program to me a little more and after he did I felt more confident about attending the program (even though I'm still a little nerves).
My interviewing experience this past time was more relaxing then my past two experiences. I felt as if though this time I was able to connect with the woman who interviewed me on a personal level. I was able to express who I was as a person more than I've had in my past two interviews. During my first interview I was a very introverted person but I have gradually grown to an extroverted person through the help of ACAP. I believe this made my last interviewing experience a better one than the past two interviews.
My interviewing experience was informational and helpful to me. This interview taught me that there is no reason to be nervous. It also helped me learn to get your point across without rambling and carrying the conversation out. I absolutely enjoyed my interview.
My interviewing experience was nerve racking! I could not focus on the questions that were being asked.All I could remember was that I was talking really fast and that my voice was shaking. But over all I really enjoyed my interview because it gave me experience so that when I do another interview I will not be as nervous.
My interviewing experience for The Accounting Career Awareness Program was a great one. Even though I have previously been interviewed and assisted this program, I still get nervous on interviews. I was more confident in this interview than on the previous ACAP one. The first time I went to an ACAP interview I was not sure what the program was going to be like or how the people were going to be. This year at the interview I was less nervous because I already knew what the program was like and that the people are all nice. The first time I interviewed for ACAP it was my first interview, but this year I had a few interviews before ACAP, which made me more confident. Since I had gotten accepted to ACAP before, I knew I had the potential to get accepted once more. The last time I was in ACAP I learned that it is full of great people who are nice and care for the ACAP participants. The people at the interview where very nice and were very friendly while asking the interview questions. Practicing possible interview questions before the actual interview helped me to be prepared for the questions that they asked.
Going into my interview I was very nervous! My mother kept questioning me the whole car ride in order to prepare me for what was going to happen when my interviewers called my name. When i walked in, it was nothing more than common conversation to me. I am so used to explaining to individuals, such as myself, and adults what I plan to do in the near future, so nothing was flying over my head. Overall, I enjoyed the conversation that was held.
My interview was nerve wrecking. I was so nervous I could hardly look the interviewer in the eyes for a long time. I stuttered a couple of times and had to catch my breath. Just the fact that I was too nervous made me think they would decline my application but I made it into the program.
Going into my interview I was nervous. I was afraid of whether I had prepared myself for his/her questions. After he had began asking questions I was able to ease my nerves and had an very successsful and productive interview. I was just so excited that I made it into the program.
Going into my third interview experience at ACAP, one would think it would be a nothing for me. However, I was still a little worried. Interviews, in general, are never easy,but one of the most important lessons I have ever learned is just to remain calm. The questions are a particular cause for worry because they can really be about anything, and there is only so much you can prepare yourself for. I answered the questions honestly an openly, ensuring to keep eye contact and relaxed my posture, and I remember the golden rule: Stay away from the word, "Um." The questions scaffold off each other and increased in difficulty as the interview continued. Overall, I believe the interview was a success.
As a second year ACAP student, this was one of my best interviews mostly because I actually came prepare for any questions they had for me. This year when I first walked in I had two interviewers so, I became a little frightened at first but after the first two minutes everything was okay and I felt like I didn’t hesitate as much with answering questions and looking at both of them while I was talking. So, overall I felt the interview process this year was good.
I had a great time interviewing because I didn't feel pressured. I was very comfortable with the interviewers. I think what made it great was the fact that it wasn't just question after question after question I got to converse about the program and about college in-between questions.
This being my first enterview and first year joining ACAP, I was with out a dought nervous. Wondering what questions would be asked, how would I respond to them, but once my enterviewer introduced himself and welcomed me with a smile my nerves all faded away. I'm very thankful that my first successful enterview was through ACAP, it was the best experience.
The ACAP interview was the first interview I had. Because it was my first I did not want to mess it up so I had to ask people every kind of questions interviewers would ask. While waiting for my name to be called, I was so nervous I just wanted to go home. On the way to the room, I was with a very nice lady the interview went well. She asked me some unexpected questions like I was just talking to a friend. It was a very successful interview for my first.
In my case, I would say that the interview went pretty smoothly. My interviewer was friendly and the questions weren't difficult to answer. Though, I wouldn't say that I wasn't nervous or intimidated at first, dreading the moments up until the interview made me feel worse than being in the actual interview. My advice is to just stay calm, reply honestly, and don't deviate from the questions.
I had never been interviewed before and this was my first time! Surprisingly I was pretty calm and tried my best on answering the questions, but I honestly think I could of done better. Overall I think I did pretty good!
My ACAP interview went extremely well. Though it was early and I was nervous again, I pushed through it and now I'm.glad I'm.back to get another chance! I stumbled on a few things, but overall i got over it and did what I knew how to do
I had never been interviewed before so I was nervous but I became more comfortable with them and we had a laugh or two but I had a great experience
I have had one other interview besides my ACAP interview. The previous interview that I had was the most nerve-racking experience I have ever had. I did not believe that I did well at my interview; however, I was still accepted into the program. When I had my ACAP interview, I spoke to everyone I encountered and I was very affable, but I was a nervous wreck on the inside. When the interview began, I was confident, honest, and I was actively engaged in the interview. I laughed with the people and even asked them a few questions regrading this program. At the end of the interview, I thanked the people for interviewing me and I shook their hands. I believed that I did well but I was uncertain about whether I would be accepted or not. I prayed to God, and thankfully I was accepted in this program.
Going into the interview, I was a little nervous, but the questions were easy and the interviewer made me more comfortable.
My interview experience was very comfortable. My interviewee made me very at ease, and this mad it easy for me to adjust and respond with confidence. I'm glad that I was chosen to even be in the interview process especially when I know that my return is never promised. Thank you NABA members and ACAP staff for this experience.
I can truly understand how one can become nervous or timid when it comes to any interviewing process for anyone. But in most cases the interviewee will understand that people are shy, but sometimes you have to break out of your shell and put yourself out there to get what you wanted. My Interview went great even though my hands would get sweaty and millions of thoughts were running through my head as the interview was going on. You have to calm yourself down and focus on the outcome and market yourself. If you don't get the results you intended on then you know how to improve or you at least know you did your best.
I have never been interviewed before. I was very nervous. My very first interview turned out to be great, I got very comfortable with my interviewer. Its wasnt as bad as I thought it was gonna be. Interviews can sound very terrifing but they actually arn't that bad.
This was the first interview I have ever had. I didn't know what kinds of questions they would ask. I was so nervous that when they asked the first question I could hear it because I was to busy talking to myself In my head. But overall the interview turn out great and learned a thing or two about accounting.
I personally was frighten of interviewing because I had this fear that they would judge or dislike my personality. I even sang very horribly on the way there to calm my nerves or sometimes anexiety. When I got there, I was greeted politely and respectful like I was an actual person. My advice is to always be yourself, a respectful self, and breathe because if it was meant to be than everything will fall in place. The more you interview, the more you will become comfortable to communicating during the interview, in career, and in life.
Going into the interview I had mixed emotions, one feeling nervous and the other really excited. I was nervous because it was my first interview with an unknown interviewer. I was excited because it was a building-block for my future. When I arrived to my interview I was nervous because I had two people interviewing me, but I put aside the unfamiliar faces and stayed true to who I am.
Lauren I love your statement about interviewing being a "building-block for your future". That's the best way to explain an interview. Most interviews will be a bad experience and others will be good experiences. No matter which one you experience in life always learn from them. I'm glad that your first interview was positive.
My First interview was exciting. It was very easy going, i was nervous but my interviewer was very polite and made it easy for me to talk to her. We talked about the future and goals and i knew exciting what to say. So i liked it.♦
Selena I'm glad that you had a wonderful first interview.
Going into the interview I was super nervous since it was my first one ever. I really didn't know what to expect but once I met my interviewees they were really nice and I gained more confidence. Me personally, I believe if you just get the basics down pack (keep eye contact, never say um, posture, smile, answer truthfully) you will be fine.
Interviews can be tense and scary, but you shouldn't get too worked up about it. I was extremely nervous and quite scared during my interview, but towards the end, I felt free, like I can be myself. I realized after my interview, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. If you prepare yourself well, you should do just fine. Be yourself, and be free, and everything else falls into place.
My interview for acap was my first interview ever. On my way there I didn't feel confident, I was so nervous, and scared. During the interview I was really shy but my interviewer was nice and help me feel confident and it actually went good. 😊
Interviews can be very intimidating, but you must not let it show. Going in to my second interview with ACAP i was extremely nervous even though i had done it before. My interviewer was very nice and made me feel comfortable and before i knew it my interview was over.
It's nice to hear how ACAP helped you prepare for your interview. I'm glad your interview went well.
Odell Brown serves as Executive Director of Dallas ACAP. Nora O'Garro is the Director.