New Graduate Tips for Successful Interviewing

A job interview can be scary for both the interviewee and the interviewer. Being prepared, however, is the best way to overcome those nerves and represent yourself in the best light. The people conducting the interviews are doing their very best to sort through the candidates to find the best fit for the positions as well as staffing solutions that fit the corporate culture. By understanding their perspective, you will not only land the perfect job; you will be more satisfied with the position.

Like dating, the job prospect needs to be a win-win. You don’t want to date someone just for the sake of dating any more than you want to work for the sake of working. Consider if you are the right fit for the job. Do you meet the qualifications? Do you like the company? Does it offer you the long-term outcome you desire?

Know What You Want

Before you go to the interview, know what you want to learn about the company and the position. A large part of the job interview is discovering if the company is right for you. For example, if you know you will not be available nights and weekends and that’s what the job includes, find out if there is an opportunity for a different shift and be honest with the interviewer and with yourself. If the job is important to you and is in line with what you want, find a way to make it work.

Know What the Company Wants

Review the job description for the position for which you applied, so you are sure to cover your qualifications during the job interview. Be prepared to answer questions about the skills, equipment, technology, and requirements of the vacancy. If possible, look through the company’s website or social media sites to see what they value, and incorporate those elements into your responses.

Show up to the interview as though it is the first day on the job. Dress for the job or one step above the job attire expectations. If you aren’t sure, business casual is best. Allow extra time for travel, as promptness, even being early, is important. Be well groomed and limit any fragrance you may typically wear. Choose a mint over gum for fresh breath, as chewing gum can become an easy distraction, especially if you are nervous.

Bring a copy of your resume, a completed job application (to reference work dates and important contact details), and any awards or certificates you may need. Remember, you are both the interviewee and the interviewer, so relax and discover if the job is your perfect match.

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