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:
Solve their problems. Before walking into the interview, you need to do your homework about the company you’re hoping to work for. And you need to go beyond dropping a few key words or phrases into your cover letter. Being able to intelligently discuss the company overall—as well as the specific position for which you’re applying—will not only show the interviewer that you are interested enough to come prepared, it will enable you to pinpoint ways in which you’ll be an asset if you’re hired.
“All companies want you to be able to do at least one of three things: make the company money, save the company money, and/or solve major problems,” Jubenville asserts. “By doing so, you’ll add immediate value. Before you go into the interview, think about specific ways in which you can tie your skills and accomplishments to achieving one of those three outcomes. Don’t just say, for example, ‘I took a class in supply chain management’ and leave it at that. Explain how you think that knowledge would help you streamline the company’s current product shipping system.