We are pleased to present this series of 6 blog posts and podcasts to help college graduates make the transition from college to career.
Your preparation is the key.
1. Research the organization thoroughly. What are their values? What makes them tick?
- Know some specific information about the company.
- You want to “DEMONSTRATE DESIRE” in the organization and the job.
2. Invest in 3 professional wardrobe looks which will align with the organization that you are applying to.
- Research what their professional attire policies are via the Internet or in person.
- Wardrobe look #1 is for the interview, #2 is for the second interview, and #3 for the first day on the job.
3. Personal grooming of your hair, teeth, and nails are essential.
- Do not wear perfume or cologne at all.
- If you are a smoker, your interviewer will know this the moment you walk into the room, not good.
- This is your FIRST IMPRESSION and it is important. Think of it as your FIRST DATE look for someone you are really interested in.
- It is important that your eyes are visible, they are a window into who you are and your personality.
- Your teeth need to be clean and flossed.
- TIP: While waiting to go into the interview, place a piece of hard candy or breath mint in your mouth, when you are called in, crunch it up.
- You would be surprised what people look at during an interview. They may look at your hands. Are you fidgeting? Are your nails clean?
4. Shaking their hand.
- Shake your interviewers hand firmly and only long enough so that know what the color of their eyes are.
5. Answer questions succinctly and briefly.
- Your answers should be about two minutes or less.
- Research the job advertisement carefully so you can anticipate what questions you may be asked.
- If you don’t know an answer, admit to it. Always be 100% honest.
6. If you do not understand a question, ask them to clarify it for you.
- Sometimes, the questions may not be clear or the best.
7. Always prepare questions that you can ask the interviewer.
- Prepare these questions with care so you do not present yourself in a negative way.
- Be open and honest about your salary needs.
BONUS TIP: Always send (via snail mail) a professionally written thank you note.
We wish you all the best with your job searches and hope that you land a job that you are happy with.
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