5 ways to ace your first interview

Guess what? Watching Netflix after you graduate is sadly not a full-time career.

And since that means getting a real job, it’s important to know how to handle an interview. Otherwise you’re not even going to have a paycheck to watch Netflix when you do have the free time.

There is unwritten code of conduct for interviews and this guide will give you some pointers on how to get the job of your dreams.

Come prepared.

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“Go on LinkedIn,” says Peggy Challe, CEO at recruiting firm Carter Holland, “there are two sections, the company itself with each employee… [those] that do have LinkedIn will have so much info.”

Challe also stresses that you need to visit industry sites in order to be up to date on the news surrounding the company, such as Barrons if you’re interested in finance.


Know your story.

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“You write this resume and you don’t look at it till you have to revise it again,” Challe says. “Re-read your resume before an interview – know when and where you did something. Don’t be caught off guard.”

It’s important to make sure you stick with your facts, “but be as truthful as possible” she adds.


Show them what you’re made of

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No, don’t flash a diamond watch; flash your expertise and experience.

“Interviews give the applicant the opportunity to showcase their personality, drive, and other intangibles that can’t be shown using a conventional application,” says Nathaniel Boley, Morgan Stanley intern.

While nice loafers might be better than some old vans, dress for the company’s personality.


Pre-determine some of the interview questions

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“I often have someone who has gone through the [same] interview process ask me questions related to his interview and really press me to explain myself,” Boley said.

Doing a Google search for “interview questions,” or heading to your campus’ career center will usually yield something or someone who can guide you in the right direction.


Check your credit/criminal report

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Who would have thought that being behind on a couple credit card bills would translate into losing a new job.

“Now companies will check your background and check your criminal/credit reports. College graduates aren’t getting jobs because of bad credit,” says Challe.

The interview process is rigorous and scary for most. But, here’s your time to shine and stand out in a crowd.

Show them what you’ll add to their company and they’ll be sure to call you back for round two.


– by Colby Chapman


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