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:
Be coachable. Yes, interviewers want to be assured that you have the skill set necessary to get the job (whatever it may be) done well. But they also know that no matter how qualified and experienced you are, you’ll still have to learn new things pertaining to your new job and employer. And sooner or later, interviewers also know that you’ll receive criticism from supervisors, clients, or both. The ability to accept constructive feedback and implement those suggestions is extremely valuable.
“Many interviewers will purposefully try to ask you difficult questions or knock you a bit off-balance just to see how you handle yourself,” Burt warns. “If this happens, don’t react defensively or become argumentative. Instead, show that you are flexible and willing to admit when you are wrong or when you don’t know an answer. Remain calm and express an interest in learning more. Most employers worth their salt aren’t looking for yes-men and blind order-takers; they simply don’t want to waste time and effort coaxing inflexible employees to grow, change, and improve.”