By Lauren | July 9, 2013
This is the question of death.
Don’t you dare ask me this question at a job interview. I mean, what else is there to know about me other than I am a broke college student who desperately needs money to help pay for her college education? Although, I’d probably just spend the semi-hard earned money on junk food, nice clothes, and Netflix.
Thankfully, I would never share this information during a job interview. Which is a relief because, as of 11 hours and 36 minutes ago, I had my first official job interview. I admit the job hunt was extremely delayed. School starts in a month so, if anything, the job would be temporary or I would try and transfer to Columbus. Regardless, I learned you never really know how “tough” the economy is until you’re tying to join it.
Hunting for jobs is hard. In high school, I never had a job. My mom was one of those parents who didn’t want their kid to work in fear that they might become accustomed to making money and decide college isn’t worth it. Well, now I’ve become accustomed to not making money and watching Netflix. Thanks a lot, mom (J/K, Mom, you’re the best). It’s a lot of pressure going into anything inexperienced. I mean, of course us first timers have made-up experience. We’ve volunteered at that one animal shelter with 5 cats, 2 birds, and a dog, we’ve gone to school and taken unreasonably hard classes. I mean, we’ve all gone to stores and bought products that make us happy while observing the trained employees of the store to which we are now applying. Heck, watching Netflix non-stop for 3 days? That’s hard work and laziness at the same time. That is pure talent, am I right or am I right?
In all seriousness, searching for a job can be discouraging. Whether it’s a first-time job, like a grocery store clerk, or a internship/career, like being a PR rep for that one company that happens to be hiring, a job is a job. We all have to get one, eventually. So, finally, my five helpful tips that will snag you a job, maybe:
- When filling out applications, BE HONEST. I know people say that it’s okay to stretch the truth, but only to a certain extent. There is a huge difference between
- Make sure you type out a nice, short little cover letter. These are kind of tedious but it can only help you in your job hunt. Unless, of course, your statement of reason for applying somewhere is “I’m poor”. In that case, you might want to pass on the cover letter.
- Do your research for the company you’re applying to. This is a little trivial, and is not completely necessary, but it really helped me for when they threw out the curve-ball questions that I hadn’t practiced. Learn a few facts about the company and what they stand for. It can really impress the interviewer because it shows your initiative to go the extra mile.
- PRACTICE A MOCK INTERVIEW. I cannot stress this enough. I don’t know if people think jobs are a joke, but as a broke, emphasis on broke, college student, jobs are a way of life. Like, c’mon guys, who doesn’t need the extra money? Unless you’re Oprah or Bill Gates, don’t worry about this bad boy. Personally, I would suggest picking out 5-10 questions (you can Google interview questions), typing out a short 50-90 word answer for each, rehearsing and memorizing them, and then out loud to at least two people.
- During the interview, be friendly. This is obviously a given, but from my one experience(which doesn’t make me quite the expert, but knowledgeable nonetheless), some people get extremely shy and nervous. Don’t be that person, especially if you have little to no experience like I did. Make sure you smile, firmly shake everyone’s hand (even your competition), and learn everyone’s names well. My interview was a little different because it was conducted in a group, so it helped for me to know everyone’s name. Regardless, it will just show you to be a good people person and that’s something relative for any job.
And those are my little tips. I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything, as I’m continuing to stress that I literally just had my first interview, but I feel like these are the most important aspects of the job interview process that people tend to look over. So, don’t be one of those people; be better than them. Be better than the Gap.
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