Do you remember as a child being told, “Practice makes perfect”? Well, the same is true with job interviews. Learning to interview like a pro takes practice. And lots of it!
While there is generally no right or wrong answer to interview questions, there is a right and wrong way to answer. What do we mean? Interviewers are busy and don’t have time for the fluff. They simply want to know what makes you better than the other candidates they have brought in for an interview. They do not want long drawn out answers. They do not care that your dog recently had surgery. They do not want to hear that you showed up on time every day at your last job. Bottom line is they want to know what you bring to the table that will help them soar above their competition and into the future.
The Avjobs Interactive Practice Interview is as real as it gets and can help you interview like a pro in minutes! Turn up the volume on your computer to hear interview questions and be given time to respond. Refer to your resume and professional portfolio to help organize your thoughts and answers. While you should never memorize answers, you do want to have key points to touch upon. Our Interactive Practice Interview is included in the Ultimate and Premier registration options.
Register today and commit to spending 30 minutes a week practicing your interview skills. You'll pat yourself on the back when your all practice pays off.
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What can you do as a student to move your future forward? Create a professional portfolio. The work you put into this organized collection of goals and accomplishments now, will prepare you to stand up to the competition later.
There are many documents and notes to keep, along with “to-do’s” to consider when building your portfolio. This list is a good starting point and you can add other things along the way.
- Make a list of all your accomplishments including awards you’ve received, achievements, GPA etc.
- Take a job at the school in the lab or other area within your program of study
- Volunteer and keep a list of all hours and work completed and funds raised
- Become involved and join local chapters and associations through your school or community
- Practice interviewing with friends, roommates or in the mirror
- Think like an entrepreneur and consider opportunities that can push you outside your comfort level
- Find ways to keep yourself updated with latest trends and developments in the industry
- Create your personal network including professors, local businesses, volunteers, mentors etc.
- Volunteer to speak at an industry seminar or event
- Attend industry events and conferences
- Keep a list of transferable skills
- Get personal networking business cards made with your name, phone, and email address
- Get a professional email address. (Sorry, firstname.lastname@example.org will not help you move forward in your career!)
- Ask people in your personal circle what they see as your strengths and weaknesses. Keep a list of your strengths and work on fixing your weaknesses!
- Ask for letters of recommendation from professors, managers, volunteer committee heads etc.
- Write down your goals and how you can achieve them
- Think outside the box to find ways to cultivate your combination of values, passions, talents and goals
Creating your personal, professional portfolio involves considerable effort but should also be fun. It's a good way to toot your own horn and the payoff might be just what you hope for; landing the perfect job upon graduation.
To hire or not to hire?
When making a hiring decision, what is the one quality that employers consider to be most important?
Assuming that job applicants have the basic skills needed to do the job, the one quality that most employers value is the willingness to work hard and do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nearly 60 percent of employers surveyed said that they expected employees to have a good work ethic. Qualities that employers valued are:
- Work ethic 59 percent
- intelligence 23 percent
- enthusiasm 12 percent
- education 4 percent
- other qualities 2 percent
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