Facing Job Interviews After Graduation

Facing Job Interviews After Graduation
Facing Job Interviews After Graduation
After four or five years of sleepless nights, hard study and nerve-racking exams you’ve finally managed to graduate. An end is a new beginning, and now you must transition from being a student to a full-time worker. But first you need to land a job, which isn’t always an easy task depending on your major, desired field of work, location or the economy. If you’re fortunate enough to land a job interview, you’ll need to make your best impression if you want to ensure that it’s also your last for the immediate future.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle to overcome is determining what you should wear. If you’re seeking a job that’s business-related where you have to deal with clients daily – like sales – or one that’s just in a conservative industry, a suit will be necessary for men and women. In fact, you’re best served wearing a suit to any interview unless you’re instructed otherwise. According to the Career Services department at Virginia Tech, men should wear suits that are two-piece and navy or dark grey. Avoid ugly patterns that might take attention away from the actual interaction. Wear a matching solid-colored or patterned tie. Your shoes should be black or cordovan, matching your belt. Wear dark socks that reach your mid-calves so that your skin doesn’t show when you’re seated. Of course, you should be well-groomed, meaning neat hair and trimmed facial hair – if any.

Women should also wear dark two-piece suits, tough they’re given more color options than men: navy, black, dark grey or brown are acceptable. It can be a suit with tailored pants or a skirt that comes down to your knees or longer and isn’t billowing – make sure that too much skin isn’t showing when you’re seated. Wear a conservative tailored blouse that matches your suit and shows no cleavage. Makeup and hosiery should also be conservative. Your shoes should be closed-toe and microfiber or leather. Comfort is important: you don’t want to display discomfort when meeting with your interviewer.

Sharp attire conveys professionalism and it might also help boost your confidence. Before attending an interview, research the company, your job description, and interviewer, and be prepared to ask and answer questions related to your duties. Establish a back-and-forth dialogue so that it flows like a conversation. The better the chemistry, the more likely you are to land the job. Afterward, write personalized thank you letters for each person with whom you spoke. Express you gratitude for the opportunity, briefly restate why you’re qualified and your desire to work there. It’s important that you do everything in you power to make a positive impression on your prospective employer. You might not receive an offer after the first interview, but if you try hard enough, you’ll be starting your new career sooner than later.
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