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Interview Prep for New Grads

May 13th, 2012

As graduation day approaches, students are beginning to set their sights on what lies ahead for them. It’s been a long road to get here, but now your thoughts need to be on the job you’re hoping to dive into following your college graduation ceremony

As exciting as it can be to go out into the world and face the future you’ve prepared so hard for, being properly prepared for the job interview process can make a world of difference when it comes to your job prospects. Take this advice to heart and you should stand head and shoulders above your college graduate competition.

Know Your Audience

Prepare for each and every interview ahead of time by getting to know as much as possible about the company or companies you’re interviewing with. The more you know about the company, the corporate structure, the goods and the services it provides, the better you’ll be able to anticipate the specific skills, talents, and expertise that will be in demand by this company.

By doing your research, you’ll be able to anticipate some of the questions that are likely to come your way during the interview process. Finally, your research can really help you decide whether this company is a good match for your interests and future goals, before going through an interview process for a job that doesn’t really appeal to you.

Come up With Questions of Your Own

One of the most important things companies look for when interviewing candidates is an inquisitive mind. By asking questions, you are also letting the person conducting the interview know that you are interested in the job.

The more intelligent your questions are, the greater they believe your interest to be. Create a list of questions to ask prior to the interview and make note of them as they come to mind during the interview process. Just make sure your questions come across as though you’re well informed, and not as though you’re a little bit lost.

Practice Makes Perfect

Finally, you want to practice answering questions you feel might come up during the interview. Write down potential answers and recite them out loud. See how they sound to your own ears. Ask friends to help by listening and offering their feedback to your answers.

The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel about the entire interview process. This will be a huge asset in the actual interview that will help you to avoid some of the nervous missteps other new grads make during the interview process.

Being more prepared than your competition will give a better shot at landing the job you’re looking for. Competition is fierce for today’s new grads. It’s important to take advantage of every edge you can. Acing the interview is a huge way to secure the job you want after graduation and these tips are sure to help.

Get more tips on successful interviewing by reading our previous posts:

How to Land a New Job in 2012

5 Ways to Give Your Resume New Life



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