Recent Graduates, About to Interview for Your First Job? Do Your Homework

Posted May 21, 2015 by

William Frierson of CollegeRecruiter.comIt is important for recent graduates to prepare for their interviews if they expect to land their first entry level jobs. One form of preparation is doing your homework, or research on the company and the job you have applied for. With this information, you will feel more confident in answering questions the interviewer might ask to test you. So, what are a few ways to conduct your research for this all important meeting?

Search the company website – The company website allows you to learn more about a specific employer, including the company history, its mission statement, and any new developments. You can also learn more about the position you have applied for. Even though you think you know all about the job, there just might be something you don’t know. Make sure you understand all expectations as a job candidate.

Connect on social media – Visit a company’s social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more information that can prepare you for an interview. You will find employers on LinkedIn with company pages that can give you an idea of the work environment and the type of employees they are looking for.

Network with people you know – Do you have family, friends, or acquaintances who either work for the company you are interested in or have the job you want? If so, ask them for advice that can help with your interview. Who knows, they may even be able to put in a good word for you too.

Recent graduates interviewing for their first jobs should prepare themselves by doing research. Obtaining knowledge about a prospective employer and job opportunity will increase their confidence heading into this meeting. Additionally, it will help them make a great impression before the interviewer, which could result in a new job.

William Frierson is a staff writer for

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