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Special Series for Graduating Seniors: Job Interviewing Tips

by robertr

April 1st, 2008
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THE PURPOSE OF JOB INTERVIEWS

Now that you’re out of school and looking for that dream job, you might be wondering what the point of a job interview is. After all, you’ve spent all that time creating an awesome résumé and cover letter that gives your potential employer all the information they need to know. Right? Wrong! Your résumé and cover letter are only one part of the big picture.

It’s one thing to look good on paper. Qualifications, skills, and knowledge are definitely important – as well as your ability to put all that on paper in an organized typo-free way; however, the ability to relate to others, establish rapport, and demonstrate a positive attitude is a whole different ballgame. Some would argue that it’s even more important than the information on your résumé. Liken it to dating. If a friend told you about someone they think you have a lot in common with, would you ask that person to marry you, sight unseen?

How you “fit” within the organization goes beyond your educational background, experience, and training. Fit includes your personality, communication skills and style, and even your personal appearance. The interview provides an opportunity for the interviewer to not only check out your qualifications, but to see if you can connect with others and demonstrate good human relations skills.

And remember, the interview is a two-way street. Think of it not only as a conversation in which you can showcase your achievements and your interpersonal skills, but a great way to determine if the organization is a good fit for you. In other words, use the interview as an opportunity to learn about the organization and the team you may be joining to figure out if this job will make you jump out of bed in the morning.

For more tips on job interviewing skills, check out our new blog section: Generation.Next! New tips will be added throughout April. Do post and share your feedback!

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