You are told when you are younger that you need to go college to get a good job. Well, times have changed and just getting a college degree does mean you are going to land a job after graduation. In fact there is a good chance that you won’t land a job after college for at least 6 months to a year. College seniors need to be able to stand out in front of potential employers. Although most colleges do have career advisors available for their students, colleges don’t teach students how to interview for a job in the real world. Thanks to Global Jobs Network Group from LinkedIn, several members provided real world top job interview tips for graduating college seniors. See what some of them said.
1. Wear a well-fitted suit so that both males and females feel confident going into an interview. According to Monica Brooks of Brooks Consulting, “my experience with new or soon-to-be grads is that their wardrobes are horrible. Dress For Success isn’t kidding, nor should it be taken lightly. Unpressed or ill-fitting, or old or worn-out or out of style clothes couldn’t possibly enforce self-confidence. “
2. “Practice, practice, practice! Find a friend and have a mock interview.” According to Sonia Garrido of Sulzer, It is really helpful especially because you can sort of plan out the answers you can give to certain questions. Also, it makes you feel a little more comfortable when you are in the real interview and you won’t be as nervous. Have your friend be critical about your answers and your overall presentation.”
3. According to Dana Bigman of the Casablanca Fan Company, “learn as much as possible about the company in advance and subtly weave that knowledge into your responses and questions. Also be sure to focus on what you can do for them (help them be profitable, solve a problem, etc.), not what they can do for you (a good starting salary, benefits, advanced education, etc.)”
4. According to Lewis Bryan of SellState Capital Realty, “be prepared to share your own (couple of them) business experience and if you do not have any, be prepared to share any life experience that would help the interviewer understand how you confront obstacle and how you handle yourself under pressure. Be honest in your answers and be yourself. Do not try to be someone you are not.”
5. “Make sure you firmly shake the hand of the interviewer and look them in the eye when you introduce yourself at the start of the interview.” According to Gary Trebels of IFC Credit Corporation, “make sure you firmly shake the hand of the interviewer and look them in the eye when you introduce yourself at the start of the interview. A flimsy handshake to me is weak and lacks confidence. First impressions are made in the first minute to thirty seconds and they are very hard to change. Why start off at a disadvantage when you can make such a favorable first impression within that first minute? My mother, who was a secretary to CEO’s, drilled this into my head since I was 10 years old, and I am very thankful that she did.”
6. “Before the interview ends, and after you have decided if you want the job, in a polite way, ask for the job?” According to Paul Balutis of A#1 Southport, “So many people never close the opportunity at hand. You do not have to be too direct, just ask how you did, what’s the next step, and oh by the way, I am more interested in the position than I was before this interview! This will separate you from the pack, this will make you stand out, and it may get you to step 2!”
Everyone of the interview tips provided is needed to succeed in a job interview. The most important job interview tip that you can use is just being yourself in a job interview. People are going to hire you because of who you are and what you have to offer.
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