The hiring landscape facing recent college grads may be inhospitable, with an April poll showing more than half the college graduates admitting to having difficulty in finding a job. But authors Coach Micheal J. Burt and Colby B. Jubenville share tactics to help graduates create a best-odds scenario for acing interviews and landing a job.
Here’s one of them based on a show and tell strategy:
Let them know you play well with others. Nobody is looking to hire a hotshot employee who’s in it for individual glory. While these individuals tend to think of themselves as “superstars,” their coworkers and bosses are more likely to describe them as “prima donnas” or “self-absorbed jerks.” Instead, companies want to hire people who are willing and eager to be members of a team, and who are capable of collaborating with others to reach the best possible outcome. Increasingly, it takes the skill sets of many different people to stay competitive in the global economy. One person simply can’t shoulder the load alone.
“During your interview, highlight your role in past group projects when the opportunity arises,” advises Burt. “Another major way in which you can convey that you are easy to work with is to be responsive and sincere in the interview—but don’t dominate the conversation. Believe it or not, some candidates interrupt interviewers mid-sentence, or are so determined to talk about a particular topic that they ignore the question that was actually asked. What’s the interviewer to assume if not that this person will hijack meetings, projects, and other tasks in the same way? The bottom line is you should make sure you leave the interviewer with the distinct impression that you are both a people person and a team player.”