We all know how daunting it as at the thought of stepping out into the big wide world after our studies and learning how to fend for ourselves.
However, whether we like it or not there comes a time where we have to front up and stop living off the bank of mummy and daddy or our beloved student loan. In order to do this, we need to start working on our interview skills in order to land that first job.
Perhaps you’ve just finished college or university, and you’re searching that first ‘proper job’ that will affirm your presence in adulthood. Or perhaps, you’re still studying and wish to brush up on them all important interview skills before the end of your final term.
Whatever your reasons, at Mr Nutcase we’ve got loads of useful interview tips for students to ensure you get off to a flying start in the working world:
If you put yourself in the shoes of an employer for a moment, you can probably imagine the sheer volume of CV’s and cover letters they have to work through. Looking good on paper is one thing but shining on the day of the interview is a whole different story.
Which is why, it’s so important to stand out from the rest on the big day and show some of your great personality.
If you’ve got an excellent attitude and show your true character during the interview, you’ll stand a much better chance of landing that dream job. And if your personality, doesn’t suit the particular job role, that is not a bad thing! It’s best to find a job that is suited to you as an individual, so relax and be yourself.
Do your research
Perhaps, the most important point of them all – make sure you do adequate research on the company and the job role.
Because let’s face it…you’ll look like a complete fool if you turn up without a clue about the company and the type of role you will be doing.
Study the job description thoroughly to ensure you know the exact details of what you would be doing and read up on the prospective company’s processes, clients and history.
The interview panel will be really impressed if you’ve taken the time to read up on the values of the company and sound genuinely interested in who they are.
Although, interviews are a fundamental part of the recruitment process, you should take this opportunity to work out whether or not the job is right for you.
The reason why you’ve been invited for an interview in the first place is because the potential employer is interested in YOU. That’s right, YOU!
So relax, and remember that you’re in control of the situation and that any organisation worth your time will be lucky to have you!
Ask lots of questions
Employers will be able to work out right away if you’re interested in the job or not. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t go for a job that you aren’t genuinely interested in as it is just wasting yours and your potential employer’s valuable time.
If this job sounds like your cup of tea, then you must have a set of questions that you’re dying to ask them. If you don’t, then maybe the job isn’t for you?
Never give up on your dream
You should never settle with something that you’re not happy with. That being said, it’s completely normal for people to settle for an entry-level role before gaining enough experience to go for a higher paid job role.
As long as you’re looking towards the future, you have a firm interest in the job role and you’re not sacrificing the things you love, then it’s the right role for you.
We hope that this blog post has given you some food for thought and will help you in that first job after studying. For more useful employment tips or for studying at university, have a browse around our blog.