Five things every millennial must know for their first job interview
Success in the classroom is a lot different from success in the workplace. Millennials who are just graduating college need to be careful to avoid certain pitfalls when going in for that first job interview. Additionally, Millennials may be subject to specific stereotypes by potential employers.
1. KNOW THE PRODUCT YOU ARE SELLING – YOU ARE THE PRODUCT
What are your personality traits and work styles? What are your talents and strengths? Are you a quick study? Can you compare your talents and experience to fit the description of the position? Do you fit into the management style of the company? If you can ascertain this information before the interview, you’ll be in great shape.
2. ATTITUDE IS PARAMOUNT – AM I FLEXIBLE?
Companies hire you for your attitude and are often willing to train you for the skills required in the position. The “entitled millennial” is already a pervasive stereotype among managers and later generations. The most important memory you want to leave behind is that you are positive, upbeat, capable & confident. Impress people with your attitude and you are halfway to your goal. It is your first opportunity to introduce yourself and explain why you are the right person for the job.
3. ALL IMPORTANT REFERENCES – HOW TO CHOOSE THE ONES FOR THE JOB
If you’re just graduating, it’s very possible the only references you’ll have are professors and supervisors from minimum-wage jobs. Make sure you choose references that are most applicable to the line of work you’re pursuing. For example, if you’re applying to be a chemist, your potential boss isn’t going to be interested in what your former boss at McDonald’s thinks about you. But they’ll certainly care what your chemistry professors at school think.
4. PREPARATION – “STUDYING TO TAKE THE TEST”
You study relentlessly for your finals. You must look at your interview like the biggest final ever. You grew up in a fast-paced, technology-driven playpen. Information and communication are available at your fingertips. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google have allowed us to share our lives and research our passions almost instantaneously. Make certain you learn all you can about the company and the position you are preparing to interview with before you walk in the door.
5. TAKE NOTES AND FOLLOW UP – BE DILIGENT
Don’t be shy about bringing a pad and pen to take notes during the interview. However, don’t allow those notes to distract from the conversation. Your focus should be on the person or people in the room, not on your paper. But if there are key elements to jot down, perhaps issues you want to follow up on, you should feel comfortable taking brief notes.
Millennials who follow these five simple steps can rest assured they will be placing themselves that much further ahead of their peers. Remember, employers want to hire fresh, vibrant, and talented people for their companies. So all you have to do is follow these steps and give them what they want. I wish you good luck on the job hunt!