Straight Outta Graduation: How to Get that First Job

No matter how hard you study and how much you intern, you've still got to interview at some point in your career. Interviewing is a skill and not one that everyone has. Everyone has their tricks and there's lots of advice out there.

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Jane from Max Coaching shares her Top 5 interview tips. Approach your interviews like you would a date. That means:

1. Dress to impress

Studies show the average person makes up their mind up about a person within milliseconds of meeting them. In no time at all, decisions have been made about qualities like attractiveness, competence and trustworthiness. Whether we like it or not, how we present ourselves is almost as important as our interview performance.

2. Check out the scene

Get thee to Google! Or an annual report, LinkedIn company page or even good old word of mouth. However you do it, find out all you can about your prospective employer, and show them that you have a genuine interest in them and the company. You'll get a chance to show off your hard sleuthing work when you're asked if you have any questions about the role.

3. Mind your body language

A firm handshake, a warm, genuine smile and direct eye contact are all crucial parts of making a good impression. You need to look like you're happy to be there. And always pay attention to what's being said and be ready to respond when asked a question.

4. It's not all about you

An interview is never just about marketing yourself. You need to show a potential new employer what you can bring to the relationship, how you can be an important member of their team. So, show an active interest in them and ask them about their goals and future plans and talk about you might fit into that picture.

5. Don't leave them hanging

At the end of the interview, don't simply say goodbye and leave it at that. Send a follow-up note or email – even leave a voicemail – thanking the interviewer for their time. Demonstrating to them that you appreciated the opportunity to meet and talk about the role will leave a lasting good impression.

This advice plus your APM qualification and industry placement should make you an instant interview darling. Speak with our Industry Team for help with your career.