When you are scheduled to go to an interview it’s important to not think that it’s just the employer judging whether you fit along the scale of entry-level jobs. Think about your experience level – are you based the entry level? Don’t underestimate yourself. It’s a good opportunity for you to judge the company and whether it fits your long-term career ambitions.
From a graduate’s perspective, a new full-time job can be the first step on the ladder towards a career path; therefore, you need to make sure that it aligns on onto the right path. So, what is it that you need to look out for to make sure that your time going ahead with the interview is being utilised?
Take some time to reflect on the whole experience
Before you go ahead for an interview, make sure that you’re in the right frame of mind for it. It may be worth exercising and taking some time to reflect on what it is you want from your career, your first job. What do success and ever-growing happiness mean to you? Get to know yourself and benefits will be rewarded.
You need to check the entire interview process
After your interview, it’s vital that you think about how you’ve been treated during the interview. Did you feel that you were treated in a way that you deserve? Was the employer communicative and friendly and were they clear? The reason why you need to do this is it’s very easy for a graduate to feel obliged to just settle with ‘whatever’ and that shouldn’t be the case. You should remember that you have worth and it will only bring about unhappiness if you don’t ensure that your job role will fulfill you. It’s also important that you check out the body language of the employer. Judge whether they come across optimistic and excited about the company – this will give you a clear indication of the sort of business you could potentially enter. Personal satisfaction is utmost important and it lives with a person on a day-to-day basis – if you keep this in mind, it’ll be hard to go wrong.
Don’t give up on yourself if it doesn’t work out
You don’t have a job and you feel bad about yourself. You see all of your friends around you succeeding and it makes you feel worse. This is a common scenario but it is very destructive and extremely dangerous for a person’s health. Don’t accept a dead-end job for the sake of it, just to get you out of the ‘unemployment’ bracket. Really feel like it’s the one for you and the rest will unfold.
Remember that motivation and passion counts
It’s worthy to question your potential employer what motivation and passion mean to them and their organisation. Why are their employees working for them? What is it that makes them so attractive to work for? Don’t be afraid to ask in-depth questions – it shows that you’re inquisitive, intelligent and that you’re the sort of person that really values those sorts of qualities. Is it financial motivation? Is it business motivation? Is it personal motivation? Gather the answers and decide whether they align with what you want and who you are.
Be honest, open and genuine always
There can be a lot of temptation during an interview to lie or to sell yourself to a higher level than you are. Be true to yourself because if you’re not, it will really shine through. The more transparent you are about your passion(s) and your goal(s), the more the employer can get to understand what it is that really drives you. If you’re a perfect fit for the role then they will be so inclined to ensure that your personal desires are completely fulfilled.
So, go ahead and apply for those jobs that you had never dreamed of, despite being at potentially an ‘entry-level’ position. What matters most is what you want, remember that!
Written by Gemma Smith