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Congratulations – you’ve graduated from college! Years of sleep deprivation, gallons of coffee and mountains of Ramen noodles have led to this moment, and you are now faced with the daunting challenge of finding employment with your newly-certified set of skills. Here are a few quick tips to remember when preparing for the task at hand.
Write an impressive résumé
Oftentimes, college graduates interview for entry-level positions and don’t feel that they have appropriate experience, but it is possible to use any work experience you have, including jobs unrelated to the one for which you are interviewing. Simply state where you worked and what you did and try to think beyond simple duties. If your job required use of interpersonal communication skills or allowed you to display your savvy as a leader, let potential employers know. Prepare your résumé carefully, go over it with a fine-toothed comb, and you’ll be sure to stand out among other applicants.
Do your research
The Internet makes it easy to learn about almost anything, so take time to become knowledgeable about the company with whom you are interviewing. Visit the company’s website and check out their “About” section; read about their core values and their mission and vision statements; and decide whether or not you will be a good fit based upon what you learn. Search for relevant information, such as recent news articles, stock information, the company’s history, or charitable organizations they might support. A potential employer will be impressed that you took the time to do your homework.
Know the job description
Be sure to know what the job you’re applying for entails. If you’re unclear about any responsibilities, do your research and figure out if you are well-suited for the demands of the position. Ask questions concerning any duties about which you are unsure or curious. Do not make false claims about your skills if you are uncertain about any of the requirements.
Come up with a few interesting questions about the job and company that you would like to have answered. Be creative and bold! Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or additional information. Though you will be curious, it is best to avoid discussions about salary or benefits during your first meeting.
On the day of your interview
Wear clothing that is suitable for the job for which you are applying. For most jobs, business casual will suffice, but be sure that you know what to expect. It is better to overdress for your interview than to dress inappropriately. Show up at least 15 minutes early so you don’t find yourself searching for the office or where you are supposed to be. Project a good, positive attitude during the job interview. Address the interviewer with a firm handshake and be sure to make eye contact. Once the interview is over be sure to thank the employer for meeting with you.
For many, interviewing for a new job—particularly one in your chosen career field—is a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With a thorough understanding of what to expect and the confidence that comes from knowing you are qualified for the job and prepared for the interview, you will be able to relax and show potential employers that you have what it takes to work for them. Best of luck!
About the Author
Lindsey Harper Mac writes on behalf of American InterContinental University.Tweet