Colleges do a great job at giving students essential skills that translate into the job market. What they don’t do so much is prepare students how to demonstrate those skills in a job interview. The first step is actually developing and honing these traits that are desirable to jobs, but it doesn’t make a lot of difference if you can’t show that you have them to an interviewer. If you’re a soon-to-be graduate entering the job market, keep reading to find out how to wow any interviewer that dares to stand in your way.
Do your research
Try to get a general idea of the company’s goals and their values, and before you apply you might even want to check and see if they align with your own. Before going in for your job interview, you should have a good idea of what are the company’s goals and what they stand for, so that you can prepare to answer how you are the best fit. When in the researching phase of your interview process, you’ll also want to research the average salary for the position you are interviewing for. This is good to prepare for because you don’t want to undercut yourself and end up making less than you should, but you also don’t want to estimate too high and potentially lose the job. Some google searches and salary calculators can help with this.
Rehearse before your job interview
It’s also definitely a good idea to look up some common interview questions, and maybe even ask a friend to practice with you, but also try not to sound too rehearsed. A conversational but respectful tone should be the goal.
Prepare your own questions
Instead, ask about the work environment, ask what a day in that current position might look like and about some of the projects you would be working on. You can even ask if they noticed anything in your resume that they didn’t understand and offer to clear it up before the interview ends. Having questions ready to go is a sure way to your interview on a good note. When interviewing right after graduation, it’s important to remember that the interviewer knows you have just finished school.
They know that you won’t have all of the experience that someone ten years older than you has, yet they still saw something in your resume that they liked and asked you to come in and interview. Don’t let your lack of experience intimidate you, instead focus on what your schooling has taught you, and how that makes you a valuable asset to their company. If you follow these tips then you’re sure to come across like a seasoned pro. Until it comes time to interview, Miles Smart Tutoring can help you in graduate school exams like the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. Call (813) 328-3036 and speak to a representative so you can reach whatever goals you have in your current academic career and beyond.