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Posted November 28, 2017 by

What to do in an interview, and 7 things NOT to do

 

Entry-level job seekers, if you are invited to a job interview, you’ll definitely want to prepare. We have lots of advice on the College Recruiter blog about what to do in an interview, what to say, and how to dress, but today we will go further and discuss what not do as well. Vicky Oliver, author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions” and other bestselling career books, has advice to avoid blowing your chance at the job. Here are seven things you should avoid: (more…)

A candidate who makes it to a second interview can expect to be presented with scenario-based questions, such as how they would respond to certain situations and why.

Posted April 27, 2017 by

How recent college grads can ace the second job interview

 

Almost every job interview boils down to three key questions in the mind of the interviewer, says Steve Koppi, Executive Director of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Mass) Career Development Center.

  1. Can this candidate do the job
  2. Will this candidate do the job, and
  3. How will this candidate fit in or get along with others?

“These same principles apply to second round interviews,” says Koppi. “The good news is that you have cleared at least that first hurdle. The employer believes you, the candidate, can do the job, and you have the skills and knowledge they are seeking in a new hire.”

Thao Nelson, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services at the Indiana University Kelly School of Business, is also a former recruiter. She invited recent college grads to a second job interview when they convinced Nelson of these three things in the first interview:

  1. That they can do the job and provided strong, impactful, and relevant examples
  2. They really wanted to work for her company.
  3. That they were likable, and she or others on the team would enjoy working with them.

A job seeker who makes it to a second job interview has demonstrated they have the background, core aptitudes, and transferable skills to do the job, says Cheryl Goodman, Talent Development Manager with Alexander Mann Solution’s, a talent acquisition and management firm with clients in 80 countries. Goodman is based in Cleveland, Ohio and heads up Alexander Mann Solution’s new graduate recruitment program.

In the second interview recent college grads are “being assessed for long-term potential to thrive within the culture and contribute to the company,” says Goodman. “It’s about ROI, too, because the company will be investing in your career launch and professional development, so they are looking to be sure that’s a wise investment.”

What to expect in a second interview

A candidate who makes it to a second interview can expect to be presented with scenario-based questions, such as how they would respond to certain situations and why, says Goodman.

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Job interview with candidate for office employment or negotiation for hiring. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Posted April 11, 2017 by

An entry level job seeker’s guide to interview outfits

 

The saying you only get one chance to make a first impression really holds true in today’s job market, says Melissa Wagner, Career Services Advisor for Rasmussen College. Your interview outfit is a big part of the first impression you make at a potential employer.

“An interview is the candidate’s opportunity to sell the employer that they’re the right fit for the position,” says Wagner. “So it’s important that candidates bring their best game to the playing field.” (more…)

Posted November 12, 2014 by

No Mistaking It: Job Search Sins that Will Ruin Your Interview

So, your entry level job interview is going great, and you feel confident about getting the job.  Then, what happens?  You make that costly mistake that leaves a negative impression with the interviewer.  While you might be a little bit nervous going into an interview, you do not want those nerves to get the best of you.  Do your best to avoid the following job search sins that will ruin your interview. (more…)

Posted September 03, 2014 by

College Graduates, 12 Tips for Success When Interviewing for Jobs

When interviewing for jobs, college graduates should keep these 12 tips in mind in the following post to have success.

Many experts and mentors – and maybe even well-meaning peers and parents – will tell you that the only way to ace your job interview is to provide the perfect job interview answer to every job interview question. And while that is an important issue, so many other factors go into who gets the

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Posted August 05, 2014 by

College Graduates, Trying to Find Jobs? 10 Tips from an Expert

With so much advice out there for college graduates looking for jobs, it can be hard to determine what’s right and what’s wrong.  In the following post, check out 10 job search tips from an expert.

You’re competing with a lot of great talent, avoiding the recruiting black hole, and wading through all the conflicting advice… some of which gets you all fired up, but doesn’t actually tell you how to get the interview! I’ve been recruiting for 15+ years and know a thing or two

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Posted August 01, 2014 by

Want to Grab Attention for Your Entry Level Job Search? Apply the STAR Method

For college students and recent graduates looking to get attention in their entry level job searches, one strategy might be to apply the STAR method.  Learn more in the following post.

Like most job seekers, you have a lot to say about how great you would be as an employee. However, you have a limited amount of space on a resume – and only so much time during job interviews – to get your point across, and impress the recruiter. The language you choose, then, must be both concise…

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Posted June 30, 2014 by

College Graduates, Interviewing for Jobs? Take These 9 Steps to Seal the Deal

When interviewing for jobs, college graduates should consider taking these nine steps in the following post to land their opportunities.

Finally! You’ve secured a job interview at one of your target companies. This could be it… your dream job! Now what? Here, from our partners at Rasmussen College, is a step-by-step process for preparing perfectly for that job interview, and getting the offer. From thoroughly understanding the mission of the company, to trial interviews and knowing your talking

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Posted April 10, 2014 by

Interviewing for Recent Graduate Jobs? 5 Impressive Questions to Ask Recruiters

Do you want to stand out among other candidates interviewing for recent graduate jobs?  If so, ask any of these questions to impress recruiters in the following post.

In addition to the now standard questions good candidates ask during a job interview, you’ve also got to drop in one or two “wow!” inducing bombs… questions so unique, well-researched and enthusiastic that you’re sure to become a truly memorable candidate! To help you impress your next interviewer,

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Posted April 07, 2014 by

Have a Phone Interview for an Entry Level Job? Follow These 5 Tips

If you want to succeed in an upcoming phone interview for an entry level job, there are five tips in the following post you can use to your advantage.

Employers often use phone screens as a low cost way to put the right candidates in front of hiring managers. The goal: eliminate candidates who aren’t able to articulate their value proposition, and to determine which candidates are worthy of moving on to the next round of interviews. Here are 5 tips

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