As a recent graduate looking for your first real job, you’ll need to nail the job interview. The following are the most important quick tips for acing the job interview as a graduate.
Tips for College Graduate Job Interviews:
1. Don’t Mention Graduate School/Leaving
One of the most common mistakes for graduates is to talk about how they’re planning to leave to go to graduate school or start their own business. Make the employer think you’re going to stay.
2. Research the Company
Many graduates go to job interviews not knowing very much about the company or the job. Big Mistake! Make sure you research both thoroughly. The more you prove that you know the company and want to work for the company, the better your chances are of getting the job.
See also – How to Research a Company Thoroughly
3. Treat School Experience Like Work Experience
Talk about your school experience like it prepares you for the job, not like they are random classes. When an interviewer asks you about a subject you’re familiar with, rather than say “I did it in class,” say “in 2014, a group of us partnered on a project that involved Technology X.”
4. Bring Props
Even though you do not necessarily have a work history, you may have samples of that work. For example, if you studied Architecture, you likely have examples of your creations that you can use as a portfolio. Bring them to the interview so that the employer sees what you can do.
5. Ask Questions
You’re a recent graduate. Employers are looking at your candidacy because they want to find someone that is ready to learn. So ask a lot of questions, and show them that your willingness to learn didn’t end when you graduated. See also – Top 20 Questions to ask at an Interview
6. Mock Interview
It’s unlikely you’ve had many interviews in the past – especially with jobs that pay this well. So ask a buddy to do a mock interview with you. Mock interviews are fake interviews that you should take seriously in order to get used to answering questions confidently on a whim.
7. Learn Interview Questions and Answers
Information is everywhere. You use the internet for Facebook and Twitter, so why not get an idea of the most common interview questions and answers as well? You’ll find many on our site by searching the archives, and the internet has countless additional tools to help you prepare for the questions available.
Being a Graduate is Not a Red Mark
Many graduates worry that their lack of job experience will prevent them from succeeding in the interview. But the employer knows that you’re a graduate and there are plenty of tips and tricks to getting a job with little real life experience. After all, they reviewed your resume and have decided you are worth talking to further. Now it’s simply up to you to prepare and prove to them that you are the best person for the position, regardless of your experience.