- Don’t stress out about how much time it takes.
- Know that rejection is part of the game.
- Focus on the industry, not the job.
- Don’t let money be the focus too early on.
- Do your research.
- Don’t ask about salary/ holiday/ benefits too early.
- Be positive and confident.
- Recognise that you’re not experienced, but that’s fine.
- Remember the interviewer is rooting for you.
- Make the most of your connections.
- Show you want it.
When you’ve got to the interview stage, that means the employer thinks they might want to hire you. They’re looking for someone who’s going to be a good fit in the company, is intelligent, and shows initiative. They’re rooting for you, and they probably won’t want to try and trip you up.
Of course, there will be tricky questions, but just be honest if you can’t answer them, or you need some clarification.
“We’re not trying to trip people up or put them in a really high stress situation and hope that they bomb, “We want people to do well, and if you make a mistake, you laugh it off and you ask if that answers the question and try to move on.”
“I assume that when you’re coming out of university, and you’re new to the job market, for the most part you’re not really qualified to do anything,” Mitzen said. “Nobody is. I wasn’t either.”
Rather than worrying about how qualified or experienced the other candidates are, focus on what you can bring to the role. Mitzen says he’s more interested in getting to know you as a person — whether you’re hard working, friendly, or have some unusual interests and skills.
“I always think it’s great if you can put on your resume things that are a little bit unique, like if you can juggle, or if you know how to do sign language,If we have a personal reference or recommendation from someone, that can make a difference, at least in terms of getting you through the door,”I think kids are nervous to take advantage of people that they know or that their families know, because they feel like it’s cheating, and they need to be able to do it on their own.”
At the very least, it will probably get you into a quick interview or coffee meeting with someone at the company.