Graduation is the first step to an adult life. You are no longer a student, you are a grown-up who needs to build his own life. You have no excuses for sitting at home and doing nothing. You need to find a job to earn experience and money. Of course, if you are looking for easy ways you can keep asking your parents to give you money, but we believe that you don’t want to live your life like this.
When you decide to find the first job in your life, you face various challenges. How to write an effective CV if you have no experience? How to attract recruiters? How to get a feedback? Mostly, applicants successfully solve these problems. But they forget that a recruiter and a potential employer make their decisions after the face-to-face interview. Thus, a former student needs to impress them with his knowledge, abilities, and desire to work and achieve perfect results. To succeed during this stage of job searching, you need to be well-prepared and orient in different situations. We collected 10 tips that will help you prepare for the interview and get rid of stress and nervousness.
1. Read about company
Perhaps, before you applied for the job position, you investigated the company, its field of operation, products and clients. However, if you applied for different companies, you can mix the information and forget what exactly this company is doing. Refresh this information before you go to the interview: this will help you feel concerned and you will be able to answer a ‘What do you know about our company’ question easily.
2. Choose outfit
If you want to work in a creative field, you probably should not bother about the dress code. You will hardly find a web designer or art director who wears a formal suit. However, if you apply to the company that works in the economics or law, you need to prepare to strict dress code and choose the corresponding outfit even for the interview. In this way, you will immediately show your potential employer that you ready to meet all demands of the company.
3. The first impression is crucial
Probably, you already know that the employer takes a decision on your employment during the first minutes of the interview. If we consider the fact, that most of them last not less than 30 minutes or even an hour, you need to act from the first seconds of communication. A confident walk, smile on your face, your body language – these can demonstrate more than your words. So work on your behavior to create a proper first expression.
4. Never be late
If you do not want to get a job of your dream – come to the interview 15 minutes later without informing the interviewer. But if you want to take this position, make everything possible to be on time. It is better to arrive 20 minutes earlier than to disappoint your potential employer with coming later.
5. Get ready to tricky question
The interview is no just a small talk with people whom you do not know. This is the way to find out whether you correspond to the position. Your interviewers will ask you confusion questions that should reveal your personal traces and demonstrate whether you are ready to become a part of their team. However, frequently they ask quite simple and straightforward questions like ‘Why do you want to join our team?’ or ‘How your skill can help our company reach our goals?’ For many applicants, these questions are the most difficult to answer. So before you go to the interview, consider all possible questions and find effective answers to highlight your strong points.
6. Ask yourself
Your mission is to demonstrate that you are highly interested in working in the company. Do not miss the chance to ask questions to find out the detailed responsibilities of the position, other projects and products of the company, possibility of the career growth. However, do not be too annoying with questions that deal with salary, free time and vacations.
7. Demonstrate your strengths
As a recently graduated student, you perhaps have no experience, especially relative experience, to work in the company. You need to use your strong points to fill the experience gap. If you have a chance, demonstrate them during the course of the interview. Recruiters, as well as other people, tend to believe actions, not just words.
8. Fix your mistakes
An interview is a pure stress for everyone, even for people who regularly visit them. It is quite obvious that you can make some mistakes only because you are nervous. But to create a proper impression and to demonstrate proper skills, you need also to show that you know how to fix the mistakes and you can take the responsibility for making them. Frequently, these qualities are highly appreciated by employers. It means, that even making a mistake you still can expect to get this job.
9. Do not speak too much
Your answers should be brief and well-informative. Do not start with ‘when I was a child’. Try to provide all information in 1-2 minutes. In this way, you also show the recruiter that you know the value of the time and want to make every process effectively.
10. Contact with your interviewer afterward
Your interviewer should provide you with a constructive feedback after the interview. As a rule, it takes a couple of days to make a final decision whether to take you or not. However, sometimes you do not receive any feedback. You only understand that you are not suitable for the position. If this situation happens, use it to find out what mistakes you’ve made. Contact the interviewer and ask him or her to provide you with a feedback so you can choose a proper strategy to move forward.
Every interview is a challenge that can become a path to a career of your dream. Do not be afraid to visit interviews: this is a good practice for building your presentation and communication skill. With these 10 tips, you interviews pass easily, and you will be prepared for any development of the situation.
About the Author
Richard Nolan is a blogger and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of blogging, self-growth, and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers, students, and teachers. Currently, Richard works as a general editor for ProWritersCenter.