By: Rachael Faust
So you’ve done it! After 4, 5, maybe even 6 years, you’ve finally graduated from the university of your choice. Congrats are in order because you’ve completed something that millions aspire to receive “A college degree”.
Well, if you haven’t already gotten that dream job, don’t get down. According to the Washington Post 4 out of 5 students will graduate without a job lined up.
With those statistics it can be discouraging, but these 5 tips will get you closer to snagging a job worthy of those countless tears. Cheers to the late nights!
1. Preparation is Key! If you fail to plan then you’ve planned to fail.
Once you’ve snagged an interview, make sure you fully understand the job description. The best way to get started is to research the company’s website to find out what their mission is.Not only will this show a greater interest, but let the employer know that you have dedicated time and effort.The more you know about the organization, the more you will allow your confidence to shine through. *Always have a list of questions prepared to ask during the interview*
2. Don’t undersell your personal strengths.
This is your time to shine. Being a recent graduate means you may not have much job experience so be creative! If you have led any groups on campus, solved problems in class projects, or volunteered, highlight those moments.
3. Watch your posture.
Believe it or not, how you carry yourself can take you very far in life. Sitting tall, and not slouching, are just known key points to remember. Don’t forget having a firm handshake and making eye contact makes a great first impression. FYI: You are being watched as soon as you enter the office, so the lobby is not a time to take a break.
4. Know your weaknesses and strengths.
So, just in case you forgot: No one is perfect. You aren’t. Your interviewer isn’t. The owner of the company is NOT! Knowing what your weaknesses are shows that you have areas you are wanting to work on, not that you can not handle the job. Some good answers when asked that question is to not give a negative answer, for example: What are your weaknesses and strengths? : “My strength is my flexibility to handle change. As customer service manager at my last job, I was able to turn around a negative working environment and develop a very supportive team. As far as weaknesses, I feel that my management skills could be stronger, and I am constantly working to improve them.”
5. Make sure to never get TOO comfortable!
OK you mastered the interview, but what you do after is just as important. Make sure you write a thank you card to let the company know you appreciate their time. Most employers go through several interviews in a week. Sending a follow up email shortly after, will help you to stand out from the other candidates.
Hopefully these tips can help you nail your next interview!
Best of luck as you continue to search for your dream job recent graduates! Whichever route you decide after you finish college, rather to start a business, or join the military, always put your best foot forward.
Operations Supervisor at University of Mississippi