Spring semester is winding down and companies are looking to hire. If you are a recent graduate or even just a student looking to build your resume, chances are you’re looking for a job or internship to kick start your career!

Once you get an interview, you’re now one step closer to landing a job. Stay calm, and follow these simple tips on how to ace a job interview:

1.  Do your homework– One of the biggest complaints of hiring managers is that many job interview candidates know very little about the company they’re interviewing for. Research the company. Know their history, what they offer, their mission/vision, locations, etc. You can never underestimate the importance of preparation. Know the company inside and out and you should score major points with the interviewer.

2. Ask yourself questions– Getting a list of common questions for an interview is easier than ever before. Make a list of questions and write down your response for each. Then practice, practice, practice with a friend, colleague, or family member. If you are a college student, set up an appointment with your career center and have them conduct a mock interview with you. Even if you’re a recent graduate, many college career centers will conduct mock interviews to help alumni. Utilize these free services while you can! They are there to help you!

3. Interview yourself for the position-Before every interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?” Identify what is unique or special about you. How have you gone above and beyond? What did you accomplish that no one else managed to do? Did you volunteer to tackle a problem and solve it? Don’t underestimate the value of looking at yourself, your skills and your accomplishments and outlining the key points you will want to share with a prospective employer.

4. Clean Up Social Media- Nowadays with our lives being exposed all over the internet, it’s easy for employers to check out your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn profiles, so police them carefully. Many hiring managers believe Millennials make the mistake of posting potentially compromising content, including inappropriate photos, profanity, and too-personal information.

5. Dress to impress- First impressions are everything in a job interview. Whether you are interviewing for the top job at a Fortune 500 firm or a local company, what you wear to the interview will be judged equally with your background. When selecting your look for the interview, “Dress to Impress” is always the best practice.

6. Be Positive– Even if you faced hard times at your last job, NEVER speak badly about former employers or bosses. No matter how bad the situation was, a negative answer often reflects badly on you, not the employer or manager.

7. Be Confident- Being confident from the moment you walk through the door will always give you a better chance of landing the job. The key to confidence when interviewing is coming prepared and staying present, connected and fully engaged in the process and what you need to convey about yourself. Connect with your interviewer by providing helpful answers to questions and being actively interested in what they have to say. The more focused you are on what you trying to accomplish; the fewer room insecurities, nervousness, and self-doubt will have to creep in.

With all of these tips, you are now ready to rock that interview! Just be yourself and own it!

Good Luck!

Jessica S.

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