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Interview Prep for New Grads

Interview Prep for New Grads

Peter Vogt, MonsterTRAK Career Coach

Develop Your Close

Successful salespeople know how to effectively close meetings with clients to win sales. Similarly, you need to learn how to close your interview to win the job — if you want it, that is.

Practice

At most campus career centers, you can sign up to do a mock interview with a career counselor. Take advantage of this service so you can get a sense of what an interview situation is like. You can pinpoint specific questions you’ll be asked and work through your responses.

Quiz: The Healthcare Interview Quiz

1. It's interview time! You arrive at your interview:

30 minutes early - you want to show your dedication to the job.
10 minutes early - But you were actually parked and ready to go in 20 minutes ago.
5 minutes late - You don't want to seem too eager.

Be Ready for Surprises

It’s possible you’ll be taken out to lunch or dinner as part of the interview. Or you may have to take a preemployment test. Or you’ll end up interviewing with more than one person. Be prepared for these possibilities and more.

Get Primped

Make sure you look your very best for the interview. So buy a professional outfit or two and be sure you look the part.

Know Where You’re Going – Literally

You cannot be late for interviews — period. Get good directions to the company ahead of time, and if you can, practice traveling to the site.


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