Attention grads: Here’s how you interview and land the job
If you are recently out of college, then it’s probably time to start looking for a job. But what will help you get hired quicker than any other newly graduated student? The answer isn’t pretending you know all the answers, pizazz or the shoes you wear (as long as they’re tasteful for an interview, of course). But, it’s in the way you carry yourself, establish your knowledge and eagerness to learn, and how you identify as an individual with a strong work ethic. Let’s get started.
“Although it varies with the company and the job, on average 250 resumes are received for each corporate job opening. The average recruiter is only going to spend about 6 seconds looking at your resume,” according to ere.net. This is just long enough for a recruiter to find anything that seriously impresses them or completely turns them off.
Build a professional resume
- The first step is building a strong resume. If you don’t know how to create a resume, zety.com is a great starter tool with professional templates you can choose from and tips from experts.
- Build your resume around the job you want. If you are applying for a specific job field, make sure you resume reflects that you are capable in that area. Call out specific skills and achievements that would be relevant to the job you hope to interview for.
- Simple things like a silly and outdated email address can disqualify you quickly. For example, if your email is Jackinthebox@gmail.com, you may want to consider creating a more professional address that includes your first and last name.
- If you don’t have job history to add, consider putting down your class achievements instead. Everyone must start somewhere and if you’re chosen for an interview, employers will ask questions relevant to your history.
For a detailed list of do’s and don’ts, check out recruiting explained by numbers for resume building tips.
Land an interview? Here’s what’s next
Before you take on an interview, learn as much as you can about the company and the position you’re applying for. Doing this will show determination and eagerness as a candidate and shows that you are truly dedicated to being in the know.
Showing up on time is an absolute must. Vince Lombardi says, “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” So, clear your schedule, get your morning coffee buzz on and make sure you’re at the interview location at least 15 minutes prior.
When introductions are made, a firm handshake makes an impression. And if you don’t know how to properly shake a hand, here are 9 keys to an impressive handshake.
An interview is a way for you to show an employer who you are and what you can bring to the table. Meeting one on one with a recruiter can be nerve racking but try to stay calm and collected. Remember, first impressions are important, but recruiters understand that most first-time job hunters are nervous nellys. With that being said, relax, and ride out your interview with poise and personality.
Bring solid questions to the table. In almost every interview, the recruiter take a moment to ask if there are any questions you would like to ask them. Most candidates freeze up and shake their head no, however, that is another chance to impress them. Inquiring about the company or their personal sentiments towards working there is a great way to get to know them as well as additional info about the company. A couple questions you can ask are:
- ● Why did you choose this company and what do you enjoy most about it?
- ● What opportunities would I have for development?
- ● If you could change one thing about where you work, what would it be?
- ● How’s the company culture?
Making the simple effort to be engaged in the conversation instead of just answering routine questions will put you miles ahead of your competition. If you are still nervous about job hunting, check out some of the inside secrets from recruiters in the field at Undercover Recruiter.
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