Interviewing For Your Future

The semester is coming to an end, and soon a new semester begins. It is around that time when we college students are starting to apply for jobs and internships. Especially for those that are seniors getting ready to graduate, preparing for those internships that will start our career outside of college have huge importance.  To secure your interviews you must utilize the career resources given to you. 

“Utilize resources sources such as Handshake, LinkedIn, Indeed, Career Builder, Glassdoor & Monster. Visit CareerOneStop, O*NET, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about career fields, employment trends, and target companies. Another useful resource is to review company websites to learn more about their core values. Companies with a good work environment will make the day-to-day job much more enjoyable,” Angie McAdams, Director of Career Competitiveness, said.

There are very key job interview tips students or anyone can use such as, researching the employer thoroughly and the requirements for the job, reviewing common interview questions and preparing for responses, dressing appropriately, arriving on time, being prepared, making good first impressions, always have an authentic, upbeat, focused & confidence. 

“Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed and wear clothing that fits you. Make sure your clothes are clean and not wrinkled. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum,” McAdams said.

“The day before the interview, print extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those with you too. Next, remember to bring several pens and a pad of paper to take notes. Finally, turn off your cell phone when you reach the office,” McAdams said. 

“Candidates should respond truthfully to interview questions and provide focused responses that demonstrate their skills and experience. Provide examples of your accomplishments, but keep your responses short and to the point,” McAdams said.

A lot goes into applying for jobs; only a few things were mentioned in this article. As long as you do all the research and prepare beforehand while being yourself you should do great.