Friday, June 13, 2014

Four Keys that Every High School and College Graduate Needs to Know for a Successful Job Interview

It’s that time of year where students are throwing their caps in the air as they celebrate their graduation.  Although there is so much joy found in graduations, it can be a scary time for graduates as they prepare to interview for their first job or internship. In today’s competitive job market, job seekers are expected to possess the knowledge, skills and relevant job experiences that will set them apart from other applicants.  It is also very important to have a great interview to land the job or internship.
Here are 4 tips every High School and College Graduate Needs to Know for a Successful Job Interview:

1) Research the Company

Before you go on a job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about that company. By doing this research, it will help you prepare to answer interview questions and to ask the interviewer questions.  Also, research the location of the company and where you will be having the interview. Map the route you will take to get to the interview ahead of time and keep in mind any traffic or construction that you may encounter that can affect your travel time.

2) Dress for Success

Make a lasting first impression. Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your interview clothes are ready.  Dress accordingly in business attire; make sure it fits well, looks professional and is wrinkle free.

3) Practice Interviewing

Take the time to practice answering interview questions that may be asked during a job interview. Ask a friend or family member to perform a mock interview so you can framework your responses. By doing so, you avoid scrambling for an answer during the interview.

4) Say Thank you

Follow up your job interview with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. Consider this thank you letter as another form of letting your interviewer know your interest in the job and how you will make a significant contribution.

You are sure to have a successful interview if you follow these four tips. Good Luck!

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) is an advocate of partnering with and supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, non-profits and their community, which in turn, helps them become a better company. Last month, BWG was involved in several local career preparation events in the San Francisco East Bay Area to help students prepare for job interviews:

Laney College Manufacturing Career Fair - Oakland, CA

Pittsburg Chamber Interview Project – Pittsburg, CA

Junior Achievement Job Shadow – Pittsburg, CA
Bishop-Wisecarver also offers internships in Engineering. Please fill out an application for more information about the  Bishop-Wisecarver internship program.