Recent College Graduates – Interview Expectations and Job Selection
Why You Are Interviewing? The
obvious answer to this question is that you need a job. However,
this kind of thinking will land you at a company that you are not
happy working at. Instead, think of it this way: you are
interviewing to decide what type of career and company suits you
best. When it comes to recent college graduates, many companies
take advantage of their inexperience and load the young
professionals up with work no one else wants to do. Don't let them
tread all over you. You have as much choice as they do as to
whether or not you will be working at that particular company.
you feel that it is the offer of a lifetime, you should not jump to
sign your first offer letter. Be prepared to lose the job. The
worst case scenario is that the company decides to hire someone else
and you have to look elsewhere. It is far better to weigh your
options than to get reeled into doing a job you hate just because
you jumped at the first offer that came your way.
What Types of Jobs Are You Interviewing For?
want to be an accountant then by all means, you should become an
accountant. However, school is not like real life. Just because
you liked a class in college doesn’t mean that you will enjoy
working in that field. Prior to going out and interviewing, do some
research on various occupations you may find interesting. Find out
what they pay, what the hours are, what the future of the industry
holds, who are the major players as well as any other information
you can dig up.
When I just graduated from college, right before
I started my business, I left the software company I was working for
at the time to be an account manager for a company that sold
checks. I left for an extra $7,000 a year. It was the worst career
mistake I have ever made. If the company you work for is stable and
has a good reputation, don't be too concerned with the base salary
they are offering. On the other hand, if a company is promising
gold but is paying next to nothing, run the opposite way.
What If I Am Really Nervous During My Interview?
fine; trust me. Graduating from college is a major life change. It
is scary – the way people talk about the “real-world” can put a lot
of pressure on a young person. If you’re nervous, just be honest
about it. If the interviewer has any shred of decency in them, they
will understand. Just accept the fact that you are nervous and that
it is a completely normal way to feel. Getting nervous about
something is a sign that it is important to you. You should be
nervous. If the interviewer is not sympathetic to the fact that
interviewing is a little gut-wrenching for a recent college
graduate, then you don’t want to work with that person anyway.
What Questions Am I Going to Be Asked? This
depends on the actual person who interviews you. If they are smart,
they will have an honest conversation with you. If you get stuck
with someone who insists on using conventional interviewing
techniques, they will probably ask you about your strengths and
weaknesses, why you think you would be a good fit for the position
and what you have to bring to the company If you want to prepare
for cookie-cutter questions like these, make sure your answers are
unconventional. Take risks. If you don't, you will be
indistinguishable from everyone else.
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