3 Important Job Interview Tips for Post Grads
By Deborah Sweeney on April 21, 2014
Congratulations, class of 2014! After the past month of finding the will to show up to what may be the last couple classes of your life in anything more than sweatpants, a semester of feeling the pressure to attend each and every social outing because these are the #BestYearsOfYourLyfe, and furiously searching LinkedIn, Craigslist and the career board of your university for your first post grad job, the time has come to embark upon entering the big bad real world.
But before you head into this world, you need to get yourself some interview skills- which can be tricky because that’s one thing that’s not often taught in a classroom. Whether you’re naturally a nervous person in company, a little on the shy side, or just haven’t had many professional interactions to base interview behavior off of, these three tips will help to amp up your interview game:
Buy yourself a blazer.
Even if you’re applying for an office that celebrates Casual Friday everyday, it’s important to look like the young professional you’re promising your potential employers you are. All you need is one good interview outfit that you can keep coming back to. When you get hired, you can cross that bridge when you come to it, is when you’ll have to go shopping for some simple work staples. You can never go wrong with a blazer, nice suit, and some slacks or a pencil skirt. That and a pair of power heels can make you feel like you’re as good as getting the job upon walking in the door.
Even if you’re nervous, here’s how to fake some confidence.
Interviews can be terrifying, especially when you have so much riding on them - like the ability to move out of your parents’ house and become a functioning adult all on your own. When you’re feeling especially nervous, keep these couple things in mind:
- Make comfortable eye contact and be sure to look at your interviewer when he/she is speaking to you.
- Have a firm handshake, and speak a couple volumes above your comfort level. If your interviewer has to keep saying “excuse me?” you’ve already come off as meek or unsure of your abilities.
Don’t forget to follow up after the interview! Something that tends to stick out among the voicemails and emails, is a hand written note. Write up a quick “thank you for your time and consideration” note right after the interview to be mailed in promptly, or, even better, drop it off yourself in the next couple days. A tangible note arriving at your potential future boss’s office only further helps you stand out from the crowd that would have been quick to simply email otherwise!
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