JOB HUNT / 11 December 2018Qualities Graduates Should Possess While Applying for a Job
It’s back to college we go! Time for roommates, classes, assignments, team projects, long nights, football games (GO IRISH!), and for some of us: internship interviews. At Notre Dame, the Career Fair Fall Expo is a HUGE event and it is probably the most stressful experience ever – mostly because the thought of interviewing with recruiters and hiring managers terrifies most college students.
So with this stressful and overwhelming time, here are some tips to make walking into that interview a little smoother
1. Be CONFIDENT. Be YOURSELF. Be HONEST.
Let’s be real, we listen to people tell us these three things, but how many of us actually take the time to really be confident and understand who we are and what we have to offer. Before that interview make a list of all your strengths to remind yourself of how much you absolutely rock! Don’t forget to write down your weaknesses. Not only will interviewers ask what they are, but also in order to be completely confident and yourself you need to remember that you are not perfect and you do have things to work on. We all have them, so might as well embrace them right? If you are not sure how to go about naming your weaknesses, this guide has the right idea!
2. RESEARCH the company.
The biggest way to set yourself up for an incredibly awkward and embarrassing interview is by simply not researching the company you are interviewing with. You need to know what about the company attracts you, how you can contribute to the company as a whole, and what the company strives for! One of the best ways to get to know a company is to actually complete projects because you will gain insight into what the managers are like, company culture and other important factors. This is the biggest mistake some people make and let’s face it, they can tell when people are improvising. So let's save everyone from an awkward experience and just do a bit of research beforehand.
3. Don’t be afraid to ASK questions.
At the end of every interview, the interviewers almost ALWAYS ask if you have any questions for them. Hint: They want you to ask questions! It shows you are interested, have done your research, and are curious. If you can’t come up with any questions beforehand and feel the interview went smoothly simply ask: “What makes your company’s internship program different from the competing companies?” Not only will they answer, but they will realize that you are looking at different companies and it is THEIR turn to convince you their company is the place to go.
These behavioral skills are crucial to have as a young professional. Since more and more companies are looking to hire people that will fit within the company culture.
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