It is your last year and very last quarter as a business and/or economics student at Cal State LA. You are not only excited about finishing school but also, a little nervous to be officially stepping out into the “real world.” A lot of times the idea of the real world can potentially be scary because it means that it’s time to get a job. But hey, its life and most of us have strategically planned for the day we had to get a job. If you’re anything like myself, we planned to get the job, but we never really planned on how we were going to get the job- in that referring to the interview process. Interviewing is the most intimidating part about getting a job. We all can remember back to our first interviews and how overly nervous we were. I can remember googling common interview questions so that I could sit at home and practice before the interview. The idea of interviewing is nerve-racking in general but knowing that the next interview you have could be the big one that changes your life is simply frightening. I am here to tell you “don’t fret!” because there are many ways to prepare yourself and nail the interview with confidence.
We planned to get the job, but we never really planned on how we were going to get the job.
In the business world, there are many important factors that should be memorized and used constantly. The main and most important factor is to maintain professionalism in the work environment at all times. This includes but is not limited to:
- Using proper English, not slang and jargon
- Wearing appropriate business attire
- Not intertwining personal matters with work matters
- Knowing and understanding the aspects of the business
- Implementing effective communication skills
Many of those same business skills will be necessary for the interview process. You will need to plan your attire accordingly. More than likely, a nice pair of black slacks with a clean white button up shirt and a blazer will be appropriate. For ladies, a nice, plain closed-toe pump or flat shoe and for men, a nice black dress shoe. Along with appearance remember when you speak, be sure to speak in proper English. Not just to the interviewer, but also to all of the employees within the office (i.e. receptionist, other employees, managers). A lot of times, we get comfortable with how we talk on a daily basis around our friends; we need to remember that when in the business setting, articulation is a very important factor for success. Remember that first impressions are everything so if you look nice by first glance and the first words that they hear from you are articulate, more than likely remember you.
We get comfortable with how we talk on a daily basis around our friends; we need to remember that when in the business setting, articulation is a very important factor for success.
Once you’ve conquered those two things, you have gotten past half of the battle. The next thing to do is to know all possible information about the company. You want to research the history of the company, their vision statement, mission statement, achievements and their company goals. It is important to know this information because you will have background information on the company and understand what their standards are. Interviewers like it when people know their up-to-date information. It will reflect very well on you as an individual and also, as a businessman/woman.Overall, make sure you are familiar with the company and be sure that you can be an asset to the company. Show them that you are very well informed and that you can help their company grow. Be sure to be ready and groomed for the position. Also, remember that the school provides resources that can be extremely beneficial to you. There are many workshops and even professors that are here to guide you through any interview process. Make your way to the career center to find out more information about the opportunities granted by the school. If you follow these few tips, you will be more than ready for the interview that will change your life. Now, it is time to get excited about the near future of graduation,