(This is a guest article by Tom Becker*)
The job application process can be a nerve racking experience; one that may involve a great deal of preparation and stress. However, being able to interview through campus recruitment presents a unique opportunity that not everyone has the chance to experience. Rather than having to go out and pound the pavement, send endless emails, or have the voicemail messages you leave unreturned, getting a job through campus recruitment can have the recruiters coming to you. This opportunity however, is one that can be even more beneficial if you are properly prepared to take full advantage of it.
1. Study - Similar to a college exam, proper preparation can be key to your success in a campus recruitment interview. Understanding what a possible employer does, knowing the history and circumstances surrounding their company or organization, and having knowledge about the position for which you are applying can make a favorable impression upon those with whom you are interviewing.
2. Test Yourself - Before your all important interview, you might take some time to test yourself and your interview acumen. Consider questions that you might be asked by your interviewers. If you don’t have ideas as to what these questions might be, you might want to search for typical interview questions on the Internet. When you answer these questions, you might want to try answering them aloud to hear how your answers sound and practice proper phrasing and articulation.
3. Prepare Your Own Questions - Asking questions related to a particular job or company can show that you are interested and educated regarding the position for which you are interviewing and the company or organization you are interviewing with. Sitting there with a blank stare when asked if you have questions for the interviewer can be a sign that you are unprepared or uninterested.
4. Remember the Little Things - The little things can make a big difference in the overall impression you make upon your interviewers. Having items like a working pen, paper, extra resumes and cover letters, and similar items can prevent you having to ask to borrow them from the interviewer or worse, sitting their seemingly unprepared or uninterested, both of which are potential interview killers.
5. Dress Appropriately - In most instances, it’s best to wear professional business attire to an interview whether or not it’s required or requested. It’s often better safe than sorry and being a bit overdressed probably won’t hurt your chances as much as being underdressed will.
6. Eat Something - As nervous as you may be, putting something in your stomach before interview time can keep embarrassing belly rumbling to a minimum. Sitting there in the crushing silence before that first critical interview question is asked, only to hear the churning of your stomach echoing through the interview room might have your interviewers raising an eyebrow or two.
7. A Bottle of Water - You certainly don’t want to flaunt having a bottle of water, slurping from it noisily or taking constant drinks from it throughout your interview, but having it available can come in handy. Few things can be more distracting or a turnoff to interviewers than that smacking noise your mouth makes when you’re nervous and your mouth is really dry. Worse yet might be that white stuff that accumulates around the edges of your mouth when it is excessively dry. Such things can severely detract from the overall impression you present during your interview.
8. Timeliness - While it shouldn’t have to be said, timeliness is often critical when it comes to campus recruitment. This isn’t a party and it’s not the time to arrive fashionably late. But when it comes to timeliness during your interview session, it may pertain not only to arriving on time, but not overstaying your welcome as well.
9. Graciousness - It’s probably not the best idea to just get up and walk out after your interview is completed. It can be important to show the proper respect and give your appreciation for the opportunity to interview for the position, but not overdo it. Acting as if you’re the interviewer’s best friend or being overly friendly by giving hugs, high-fives or slaps on the back might raise some red flags for the interviewer.
10. Follow-up - Depending on how an interview ends, a follow-up could involve numerous scenarios. A telephone call, note, or email thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to meet with them is often appropriate. You might stop by to do a follow-up if the company is locally located and you’ve been invited to do so. And even if your interview ended badly or you don’t think you have a shot at the job, a follow-up or thank you is still appropriate because even though you don’t think so, you may still be in the running for the job and it could be worth a call or email to find out.
*About the author: Tom Becker is a writer for Money Choices where he writes impartial reviews of high interest savings accounts and other financial products.
*Image Credit: Photograph by bpsusf [via Flickr Creative Commons]
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(This is a guest article by Tom Becker*)