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I can’t believe I’ve been out of college for nearly a YEAR. I guess time flies when you’re having fun, and I’m having fun.
Everyone makes entering the working world sound so scary. But after nine months working full time, I’ve found that the post-grad life is really fun. It’s just a different kind of fun than college. If you’re about to enter the workforce, I’m sure you feel the pressure of applying and interviewing for jobs.
I remember getting discouraged with the job hunt, especially when people would ask me my plans after college. I felt almost like a failure saying I didn’t know where I was going to work. It’s the strangest feeling, this time of your life. You have the world at your fingertips, but you don’t know what to do with it. I thought it would have been so much easier if someone would have just told me what to do rather than me trying to figure it out for myself. But, I made it to the other side (and got a great job!) and you will too.
Today, I want to try to assuage any fears you may have about interviewing for a job.
Throughout my job hunting journey and walking with friends though theirs, I’ve picked up several tips that I want to share with you today. Hopefully these tips can give you that extra boost of confidence and will propel you to the top of a potential employer’s list! If you have any questions or need more advice, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to help.
Dress to the industry dress code
My field tends to be a little more relaxed in dress code than many fields, so the outfit above was a great option for interviews. I prefer to wear dresses because they’re nicer than pants. Whatever you do, make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free, modest and the right size!
Have an elevator pitch
This is my number 1 tip to everyone who is interviewing for jobs! I found that the hardest question to answer was when the interviewer said, “Tell me about yourself,” because it’s ambiguous and you don’t know where to begin. So, to knock this question out of the park, put together a 30-second elevator pitch about yourself that you can recite easily. I would share the degree you’re pursuing and maybe some experience you have. Throwing in fun facts are always good ways to make yourself memorable. So when you get that very ambiguous question in an interview, you can share your elevator pitch and ace it!
Bring color copies of work samples and your résumé in a bound folder
You always want to have samples of your work to show during an interview. It’s courteous more than anything, and you want to communicate that you’re the person who thinks of the little things. Show the interviewer that you are always thinking of the details by being over prepared.
Have GOOD questions prepared to ask during an interview
I would highly recommend doing research on the company you are applying at. From your research, come up with some questions you would like to ask. Every interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them (hint: the hiring process is a two-way street!), so make sure you have some in the back of your mind to ask. Some ideas for questions are below:
How does your company measure success in this position?
What’s the best part about working here and what is your biggest challenge?
Is there anything the previous person did in this role that I could improve on?
Send a “thank you” note to the person who interviewed you
As soon as you get home from your interview, write every single person you spoke with their own individual thank you note on professional stationary and put it in the mail. Many interviewers will give you a business card after the interview, so you should have their name and company address. It wouldn’t hurt to ask for a card if they don’t offer it! This just shows that you go the extra mile. It’s also polite to say thank you because they took a chunk of time out of their busy day to come talk to you. Never skimp on the thank you notes!
One interview doesn’t mean you’re getting an offer
I know that’s not the most fun thing to hear, but you need to be aware that every company has a different hiring process. Some may hire you on the spot after one interview. Some may put you through several rounds of interviews with several people. It honestly depends on the company, and I have friends who have experienced both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Just know that the majority of companies won’t hire you after one interview–even if you are great! (I know you are.) Don’t get discouraged. Just keep going through the process with a smile and determination.
Relax, you’re going to do great!
Job interviews are nerve-wracking. I totally get that. But, once you sit down take a deep breath and smile. The company wants to get to know you and see how you could fit in the operation. You can’t show them your true self when you’re freaking out with nerves. Take a water if they offer it. Take a breath. Think about your answer. Smile and show your personality. You will do fantastic!!!
You will never go through anything like job hunting straight out of college, but you will learn so much about yourself. It’s a challenge, but you will make it to the other side. I promise! Best of luck in your job hunt!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.