With thousands of graduates around the country entering the workforce, job hunting is at its peak right now. But job hunting can be a daunting experience for a lot of college graduates – how should you market yourself? How do you talk about internships and unpaid experiences? What if you focused only on class and didn’t work in college?
All of these concerns are valid, and job interviews after graduation can be tough. That’s why we’ve compiled tips for 15 career experts who’ve spent their professional careers interviewing new graduates. Read their tips and ace your next job interview.
Alyson Jamison, Stalwart Communications
Alyson has been integrally involved in the hiring process of employees and interns at Stalwart Communications. Here are her two top tips:
1. Create a short video. We had a candidate recently submit a video that introduced themselves, their experience and passions. As a result, we brought them in and they stood out compared to other applicants who only submitted a resume, cover letter and writing samples. It not only backs up the fact that they had videography experience that they included in their resume, but it allowed us to see a different side of the individual. Now days, a lot of people can look great on paper, but providing another medium to showcase your skills and show a bit of your personality loan makes a difference.
2. Create case studies. On resumes, candidates often include accomplishments from various positions. However, individuals who can pick out a few successes that correlate to the position they’re looking to land and create case study will stand out. Discuss what the problem was, the solutions and results achieved.
Steve Deckert, Sweet Tooth
Steve Deckert is the co-founder of Sweet Tooth, a tech firm where he hires marketing and software undergraduates. To get an interview, he’s already gone through the candidate’s resume and has accepted their credentials. At the interview stage, he is looking for two things:
1. Validate the candidate’s credentials.
2. See if the candidate’s personality is the right fit for the organization.
His tip to graduates is simple: Don’t focus so much on the credentials.
Instead, figure out what type of personality fits well within an organization.