Acing the First Job Interview
Graduating from university or college can be a disorienting experience. After spending years learning new skills and honing them, you’re suddenly out in the real world and need to find work!
The good news is, it’s never been a better time to find a job as a graduate in the Okanagan area. The economy is strong and job opportunities are plentiful. But once you’ve got your foot in the door with a strong resume, you need to ace that first interview in order to stand out from the competition.
Here are five pro tips for impressing your potential employers in the first interview:
Do your homework
There’s nothing more disappointing to an employer than an interviewee who doesn’t know anything about the business! These days, with nearly every business being represented online, it’s easy to research the company you’re interviewing at and internalize a few fundamental facts.
How long has the company been in business? What do they specialize in and how are they unique from their competitors? What is the company’s vision? Work this information into your responses and show your employer that you’re interested in not just the job, but the company brand.
Know what you bring to the table
The first job interview is your chance to sell yourself as the perfect employee! Once you’ve researched the business and the role you’re applying for, take a good look at your resume. Which of your skills will your potential employer be most interested in? What separates you from other candidates in Kelowna? Determine your biggest selling points and make sure you emphasize them during your interview.
Prepare for the common questions
Know in advance how you will respond to the most common interview questions. Questions like:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your biggest strength/weakness?
- What are your long term goals?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why should I hire you?
Giving advance thought to these questions will help you answer confidently and succinctly when they come up.
Prepare Questions to ask
There may be a point during the interview when the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Use this opportunity to ask genuine, well-thought out questions about the role, company, and work culture.
This not only demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job opportunity, but you will benefit from it as well. You want to make sure the company is as good a fit for you as you are for them!
Watch your body language
First impressions are important, and body language plays a large role in making the right one. Wear professional attire, and keep your posture straight. Have a firm handshake to demonstrate confidence. Make regular eye contact and smile to show that you are trustworthy. Wait until you’re invited to take a seat, and avoid putting anything on the table except your portfolio or resume.
If you are called for your first job interview in Okanagan, the employer already believes you have the skills and qualifications for the job. All you need to do is live up to your resume, and show your enthusiasm by arriving to the interview well-prepared. Not sure where to start? Contact us to help you ace your first job interview.