According to a study commissioned by Elance-oDesk, millennials are the largest generation in the workforce as of 2015, yet businesses have a difficult time recruiting them. Considering their varied skillset, why aren’t more millennials landing jobs?
One reason may be a lack of interview savvy. Whether you’re from Nigeria, Singapore or Canada, the interview process can be daunting for a young professional. To ensure you ace the interview for the job you want, here’s a few suggestions…
Do your homework and research the company in advance. Look at the company’s mission statement, learn about what it does and read the latest news announcements. Even looking up information in the lobby as you wait for the interview will help.
Prepare a wardrobe that fits the company’s culture. Tech companies often have no dress code, while financial companies may have a more rigid policy. To ensure you dress accordingly, ask the recruiter for the appropriate attire for your interview.
Arrive on Time and Ready
There’s no excuse for arriving late for an interview. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your interview with multiple copies of your resume and, if appropriate, your portfolio. Account for parking and traffic. Shut your phone off during your interview!
Make a Great First Impression
Be polite. Greet everyone with a firm handshake, a smile and make eye contact. Arriving with a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm for the job and the employer will set you apart from your competitors.
Ask Great Questions
Studies show employers make hiring decisions based on the questions an interviewee asks, so come ready with a handful of questions in advance. Quintessential Careers offers a series of questions you can ask at your job interview.
No matter the job, you are a salesperson – and the product you’re selling is your ability to fill the company’s needs and solve its problems. You have to sale yourself, and market yourself to beat out your competition.
At the conclusion of an interview, inquire about next steps, collect contact information and ask for the job.
Thank Your Interviewers
Start by thanking your interviewers in person and follow up with an email. Showing gratitude can go a long way!
These suggestions will lead you toward helping landing your dream job.