School is supposed to prepare you for the workforce. And yet, many students feel the sharp contrast of school from the world of employment as soon as they start looking for a job.
Being a student for years has definitely exposed you to competition, but job hunting brings a new level of rivalry. You’re no longer confined to competing with people of the same age with similar training. Now, you must contend with fellow job-seekers who have years of experience and impressive references highlighting their résumé or graduates from well-known universities with relevant internships. If you look at the matter from this perspective, it’s easy to get intimidated and freeze up during the interview process.
What you must realize is that like most things in life, passing job interviews as a fresh grad can be more easily attained if you come prepared. Being prepared will help you exude poise. Employers are more inclined to remember and gravitate towards applicants who know how to carry themselves with quiet confidence.
Here are the top 5 job interview tricks for fresh grads to help you land your dream job:
1. Make sure to cover the basics.
It’s easy to get all hyped up in the course of preparing for a job interview. Many people will over think possible questions and overanalyze situations, so make sure that you don’t.
Instead, clear up your mind by getting down to the basic, frequently asked questions.
Remember that employers want to get to know as much about you during interviews.
When asked to tell the interviewer about yourself, make sure to highlight your skills and experience relevant to the job you are applying for. It’s also important to stick to the facts. You don’t want to open a can of worms by overselling yourself.
2. Draft stories to back up your answers.
As a fresh grad, you don’t have the convenience of previous employment to persuade companies that you are the best person for the job.
That’s why it’s important that you draft personal stories that will complement your claim as to why you are the right candidate for the position. If you are applying as a writer, tell the interviewer what got you started into writing or what drives you to thrive in your craft. Your stories don’t need to be long and packed with details. They only have to be interesting and relevant.
3. Research about the company.
You can never go wrong with researching about the company you are applying at. For one thing, you will learn if the company is legitimate or dubious. For another, you can test how your skills fare into the culture of the company.
If you are looking for work from home jobs, go with a company that values transparency and honesty through testimonials from previous clients and current staff. If you want to be a part of the retail industry, finding out the origin of the business and its current social standing gives you a background of the company in case interviewers ask why you want to join their team.
4. Stick to your strengths.
Knowing your potential will help you steer the interview into the direction that favors you. By focusing on your strengths and the value you can put into the company, you persuade the interviewer that hiring you out of all the applicants is the best decision. By doing this, you steer the conversation away from what you lack and help the interviewer see what you can offer.
5. Prepare yourself before the interview schedule.
Map out a detailed résumé and go over it before the interview schedule. Some interviewers base their questions on the résumé you submitted and it’s important that you master the contents of your résumé so you can give a quick, smart response. If you’re scheduled for a video interview, make sure your internet connection is strong and your background is presentable and quiet.
What you lack in employment history, you are sure to make up for in confidence and intelligent answers if you come prepared for your job interview. These top 5 job interview tricks for fresh grads will help you there.
Catherine vanVonno, the author, is the President and Executive Director of 20Four7VA, a global Virtual Assistant (VA) Service Provider. She holds a doctorate degree in Applied Statistics, Research Design and Program Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has over 10 years experience in facilitating evidence-based strategic planning, product development, brand management, legislative communications, and medical policy. She is married and has four children. You can reach her at email@example.com.