A Guide to Landing a Job Interview

by Sam Young, marketing intern & junior marketing major, Mike Cottrell College of Business

Just recently graduated? Want to stand out in a pool of applicants? Well then look no further! Graduates going into the business world need to have a competitive edge if they are going to get the job. You have been developing your knowledge and skillset over the last four years and it’s time to put it to use. We have a few tips for you to get the job.

  1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Just like dodgeball, you have to be ready for anything they could throw at you in an interview. They have curve balls and hard hitting questions that will trip you up if you do not prepare yourself. Set up mock interviews, talk to someone in that position or who is in the company, learn about the company itself, and have personal anecdotes of your accomplishments ready for the big day. Also, have questions to ask them. Research beforehand and think of questions that were not answered on the website. This will show you are interested in the company and have a vested interest in making it better. It’s never a bad thing to be prepared. To jumpstart your preparations, here is a list of a few questions that they could ask!

  1. Be ready bright and early

You need to take some precautions the night before the interview. Do this by picking your outfit for the next day and going to bed early. You will wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Eating a good breakfast and giving yourself time to prepare will set you up for success in the interview. Being prepared not only mentally but physically is an important part of having confidence that will help you get hired.

  1. Speaking Without Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but body language can do just the same. Throughout your interview, be mindful of how you are presenting yourself to your prospective employer. Being attentive, having good posture, and making good eye contact will help you communicate confidence. Being mindful of how you are outwardly projecting yourself will help show the interviewer that you are self-aware and ready to take on any task they throw at you.

  1. After Action

The interview doesn’t end once you leave the room. It is important that you reach out to the interviewer in the 24 hours after the interview. Sending a simple email saying how thankful you were for the opportunity and leaving your contact information for any more questions has been known to be the make or break for people. However, whether you get the job or not, remember that this is an opportunity to develop your interviewing skills and networking that could lead to something in the future.

An interview can be difficult, but keeping your head up and being prepared for the interview will help you make a positive impact on the interviewer.

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