Interviews are an unavoidable part of the the jobsearch process and as the marketplace gets more competitive, it’s really important to develop good interview skills, whatever age you are. But this is particularly important if you have just left college and are looking for your first job.
If you are a parent, there is plenty you can do to help your son or daughter get ready for a job interview. They need to know that with so many people competing for every job, just showing up and proving they can do the job isn’t enough.
A young person must try to see herself from the interviewer’s perspective and think about why he or she would want to hire her and not one of the other candidates on the shortlist. After all, everyone being interviewed has proved on paper that they are qualified to do the job.
Ask your child: “So what makes you stand out? What special qualities do you have that make you the most desirable employee?”
Here are some basic tips from yourcollegekid.com which will help anyone faced with an interview:
Do your homework. Come prepared with questions specific to the position, the company, even the company’s competitors. Learn as much as you can by researching the company online—it’s a great way to gain extra points in a job interview.
Make all your research pay off. Once you know the ins and outs of the company, use that info to your benefit. For example, when you’re asked why you want the job, incorporate the facts you found into your answer. Make it clear why your skills are a perfect match for the position. The more specific you can be, the better.
Be on time. Even if you have a resume that outshines all the rest, showing up late will severely hurt your chances of getting the job. So do everything you can to be on time: make a practice run to the office the day before, set two alarms, have your interview outfit ready to go.
Dress conservatively. Many of us like to express our personalities through the clothes we wear. As tempting as it may be to show off your unique style at your job interview, don’t do it. Be safe and dress conservatively so you don’t risk being ruled out just because your outfit was too “crazy” for the person interviewing you.
Perfect your “people skills.” From making eye contact to giving a firm handshake, the way you interact with the people interviewing you matters. Practice honing your skills and working on your body language by doing mock interviews or talking to yourself in the mirror.
Be organized. Pre-pack your bag or briefcase so you have plenty of copies of your resume and references. Not being prepared makes you look unorganized, and that’s not the kind of first impression you want to make.
Say thank you. Experts recommend that you send a thank you note or email within 5 days of your job interview. And, if possible, it’s always a good idea to mention something that came up during the interview to help your potential employer remember you.
There are also some great tips on how to master telephone interviews, which are becoming more and more popular, from WorkTree.com. You can get a look at telephone interview tips here .
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The more you can do to prepare, the better. A strong knowledge of the industry and the company and a genuine interest in what they are doing and the willingness to contribute will make up for lack of experience.
Don’t forget, it’s what you can do for the company and not what they can do for you that matters to the interviewer.