Fresh Grad? Here’s How You Can Ace That First Job Interview
Diving right into the job hunt straight out of college? With a fast postpaid plan, you’ll be swimming new waters with ease
While some of your peers may choose to put off the job hunt until they enjoy their last taste of freedom, you, on the other hand, made the decision to dive right into adulting.
A week later, you get a message from a recruiter inviting you to your first job interview. Scary, right? Don’t worry, job interviews are pretty easy once you know your way around them.
Here are some tips on how to ace that job interview and crush it like the winner you are.
Before the Interview
The least you'd want to do is to show up empty-handed, with no idea of what you're signing up for. If you sent your resume to random companies you don’t know about, now is a good time to do some digging.
Google the name of the company you’re interviewing for. Check their website. What does it say about their vision and mission? What’s the product or service they’re selling? Who are their target customers?
If you know the name of the person who will interview you, it’s also a good idea to find (not stalk) them on social media to have a basic idea of their background and position in the company. Knowing they’re also a die-hard fan of your favorite series is not a bad idea.
Condition your mind for success
You may feel anxious or worried you’ll screw up your interview and that’s fine. This is your first real job interview out of college, after all.
Acknowledge this as your body’s natural reaction to the unknown and state positive affirmations to yourself that you can—and will—kick ass. Putting your mind in a positive state is proven to have an “upward spiral” effect, making you happy and ready to take on challenging tasks.
As the brilliant and highly successful Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or think you can't—you're right."
Dress for success
Job interviews are all about making a great first impression and the way you dress says a lot about your personality. Dressing up also gives you that much-needed confidence boost so that you can answer questions like a pro.
As a rule of thumb, dress one step higher than the company’s dress code. If you’re unsure about it, make sure to confirm with the interviewer so you can prepare beforehand.
On the Day of the Interview
Don't be late
Strive to arrive 10-15 minutes before your actual interview. This shows you have respect for the interviewer’s time, and will already score you a few points even before the interview has started.
Know how to answer trick questions
Hiring managers often have a set of staple questions that will test your behavior and personality, which are things that couldn’t be seen on your resume. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with these “trick” questions and rehearse your answers days before the interview.
This is extremely helpful if you're prone to stuttering when nervous and will make you sound more confident in your answers.
Listen so you can ask the right questions
Nothing shows off your listening skills better than asking relevant questions at the end of the interview. Bring up things that the interviewer mentioned and that you'd like to know more about.
For example, you can ask the interviewer to describe what a normal day at the office looks like or if the company sponsors training workshops for employees. This shows that you’re seriously interested in getting the job and are considering other factors as well.
After the Interview
A job interview doesn't end once you step out of the interview room. Follow up with the interviewer within the day to thank him/her for his time and how you’re looking forward to hearing from him soon. Doing this will make you more memorable and increase your chances of actually hearing back from them—hopefully with a job offer!
Even if you don’t get the job, you should still put in the effort to establish a connection with your interviewer. That means he’s more likely to recommend you when a job post comes up.
Job interviews may conjure up the bad sort of butterflies in your stomach, but with a good deal of planning and research, you can ace them just like those exams back in college.
Make sure you’re equipped with a fast postpaid plan for your research and you’ll be swimming new waters with ease in no time.