Job Interview Tips For College Students

Job Interview Tips For College Students

[INFOGRAPHIC]: Putting your skills and qualifications is one thing, but pitching yourself in an interview is another.

As college students, we are always on the hunt for jobs, and we apply for club positions and internship opportunities regularly. A resumé may prove you're a qualified candidate on paper, but the interview phase determines if you would truly make a good fit in a company, regardless of what your qualifications are. Because interviews can make or break a hiring decision, it can be very easy for an applicant to crash and burn.

1. Write your own questions.

Prepare a few questions prior to the interview, and jot a few more down as the conversation develops. This also shows that you're actively listening. Bringing your own questions to the table shows that you're not there just to 'make it through' the interview, but that you really are interested in becoming a part of the team. Two of my favorite questions to ask during an interview is "What would a typical day be like for someone in this position?" and "What are some upcoming projects (if they haven't mentioned it already)?"

2. Do your research ahead of time.

I can't stress this enough! It's no coincidence that the worst interview of my college career was the one that I didn't prepare well enough for. Nothing is more humiliating than not being able to discuss something about the company you're trying to get a job with. The better you understand the company, the better you will understand the company culture and the context of the interview questions.

3. Practice common interview questions.

"Why do you want to work with us? Why should we hire you? What are your weaknesses?" According to Monster.com, these are three of the most common interview questions you could be asked. Practicing basic questions such as these will give you just the right amount of confidence that interviewers like to see (yes, too much confidence can sink you) and, of course, make you feel less nervous.

4. Dress for success.

Did you know your interviewer judges your appearance in a matter of 7 seconds? There's the generic advice to 'dress for success' in business casual attire, but realistically, there can be different 'dress codes' depending on what kind of job you are trying to get. Use your brain. If you're trying to get a business/analytical/clerical job, keep the suit and tie. If you're hoping for something in a more creative field like advertising or communications, you may be safe to dress it down a bit, but maybe keep the blazer. This is where researching the company's culture would also come in handy!

5. Stay authentic.

Your resumé is what got you the interview, but this is your chance to show that you're so much more than a piece of paper. You could be well-qualified for a position but still get passed over if you come off as too robotic. Just relax and be yourself to show your interviewer what you'd really be like in a work setting.

6. Be careful of what you post on social media! (Yes, they check)

In today's day and age, does it really shock you to know that 93% of employers check your social media before making a final decision? Time (Money) says that some of the '7 deadly sins' of social media includes posting about your political opinions or referencing to sex or drugs. Those are pretty obvious, but they also take spelling/grammar into account as well. If you're worried about your social media presence or don't want to have to filter everything you do, I would recommend keeping an eye on your privacy settings. Set things to private if you think they may be NSFW.

Also consider making duplicate social accounts - this way, you can keep your personal account while also having a page that reflects your 'professional self'. I would especially recommend this for Twitter and Facebook since they are easy to find and manage. For example, I discuss ad campaigns or social trends on my 'professional' Twitter page and directly interact with companies, while there are plenty of puppy videos and wine-fueled live tweets of the VMA's on my personal page.

I hope these job interview tips help of you in the future, or as you're frantically scrambling to prepare for one the night before. Either way, good luck and I wish you the best.

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Worlds Collide

To some, this will seem silly. To others, I hope it speaks truth.

  

Is it wrong that I want to call you mine?

Is it wrong that when you talk about her, I want you to talk about me instead?

I know what you’re all thinking

That this is just another silly little love poem

Designed to make people fall asleep as this tale was already told thousands of times before.

I know because I was just like you.

Falling asleep as soon as the girl started talking about ‘the one’

But this is different

Because I know you’re not the one.

And this isn’t silly.

Not to me.

I can’t say that I think about you all the time

Because I don’t.

Life is too hectic for that.

But little things will remind me of you.

Little, everyday things.

So in a way

I guess I do think about you a lot.

I think about hugging you

And being wrapped in a warm embrace, never wanting to escape into the cold air.

I think about you watching every theatrical performance I’m in

And cringing every time someone breaks into song because you hate musicals, 

But you come anyways

I think about you coming to my games, cheering me on

Then asking you to not come next time because you make me so nervous that I mess up

But you still come anyways.

I think about holding your hand

And you know people will talk but you choose not to care.

I think about coming to your games

Wearing your number on my cheek with so much pride that I pin my hair behind my ears so all can see it.

I think about driving around with you

Doing absolutely nothing

But never wanting to leave each other’s company so we just pretend like our destination is real.

I think about calling you

And staying on the phone for hours

First talking about this hellish, heinous world full of awful people

Then talking about absolutely nothing but we stay on the phone anyways because we can’t stand not hearing the other

But our worlds will never collide.

You would get too bored in my world

And I wouldn’t even know how to breath in yours.

I’ve tried

And I’ve failed.

I don't see a long term future for us.

Perhaps even after high school I will never see you again.

Your face never popping up in my head until I go through the list of unimportant people in my contacts.

How odd it is that someone so special to you at one point in time can just become another face of nothingness and blends right in with the crowd.

I’ve never seen us getting married 

Or having kids

Or even going to the same college.

Our plans for ourselves are too big for that. 

So I know that this will never become a long term thing.

But is it wrong that I want it to still happen?

I know our worlds will drive us apart,

But is it wrong that I want to try anyways?

I know that our futures have nothing to do with the other,

So why do I still want our nows to combine like a perfectly placed ribbon on top of a Christmas present?

You’ll never hear this.

Or even if you do, you’ll never know it’s about you.

Or even if you do, 

I’ll always say it’s not true.

Why?

Because deep down

I’ll always know

That our worlds will never collide.

  

Is it wrong that I want to call you mine?

Is it wrong that when you talk about her, I want you to talk about me instead?

I know what you’re all thinking

That this is just another silly little love poem

Designed to make people fall asleep as this tale was already told thousands of times before.

I know because I was just like you.

Falling asleep as soon as the girl started talking about ‘the one’

But this is different

Because I know you’re not the one.

And this isn’t silly.

Not to me.

I can’t say that I think about you all the time

Because I don’t.

Life is too hectic for that.

But little things will remind me of you.

Little, everyday things.

So in a way

I guess I do think about you a lot.

I think about hugging you

And being wrapped in a warm embrace, never wanting to escape into the cold air.

I think about you watching every theatrical performance I’m in

And cringing every time someone breaks into song because you hate musicals, 

But you come anyways

I think about you coming to my games, cheering me on

Then asking you to not come next time because you make me so nervous that I mess up

But you still come anyways.

I think about holding your hand

And you know people will talk but you choose not to care.

I think about coming to your games

Wearing your number on my cheek with so much pride that I pin my hair behind my ears so all can see it.

I think about driving around with you

Doing absolutely nothing

But never wanting to leave each other’s company so we just pretend like our destination is real.

I think about calling you

And staying on the phone for hours

First talking about this hellish, heinous world full of awful people

Then talking about absolutely nothing but we stay on the phone anyways because we can’t stand not hearing the other

But our worlds will never collide.

You would get too bored in my world

And I wouldn’t even know how to breath in yours.

I’ve tried

And I’ve failed.

I don't see a long term future for us.

Perhaps even after high school I will never see you again.

Your face never popping up in my head until I go through the list of unimportant people in my contacts.

How odd it is that someone so special to you at one point in time can just become another face of nothingness and blends right in with the crowd.

I’ve never seen us getting married 

Or having kids

Or even going to the same college.

Our plans for ourselves are too big for that. 

So I know that this will never become a long term thing.

But is it wrong that I want it to still happen?

I know our worlds will drive us apart,

But is it wrong that I want to try anyways?

I know that our futures have nothing to do with the other,

So why do I still want our nows to combine like a perfectly placed ribbon on top of a Christmas present?

You’ll never hear this.

Or even if you do, you’ll never know it’s about you.

Or even if you do, 

I’ll always say it’s not true.

Why?

Because deep down

I’ll always know

That our worlds will never collide.


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A 2008 Book Craze With A 2018 Book Review Of "Life and Death"

Here I am sitting in 2018, my mind stuck in 2008.

Picture this: Its 2008, Twilight is in theaters and I’ve read most of the books cover to cover. I was probably the biggest Twilight fan I knew…. I try to write that with pride.

It’s now 2018 and I find myself once again reading a Twilight book. But this time, it’s a different story.

Twilight Saga author Stephanie Meyer rewrote the original story for the 10th anniversary by gender-swapping the characters. It’s now under the title of “Life and Death.” That’s right, every character, with exception of two, had their gender switched to the opposite. For example, Edward Cullen was now Edythe Cullen. When I heard about the book, my 11-year-old soul needed it.

I am well aware of the issues with Twilight, and I have come to see the shortcomings. I know Edward was a crappy boyfriend, the writing wasn’t all that great, and a host of other issues. But revisiting it as something I loved as a kid is sometimes enjoyable.

This version breathed new life into the story. For starters, the book was more polished, it read better than Meyers’ past books in the series. The language and some of the dialogue was changed to fit the new perspective being shared. In rereading her books, I couldn’t help but notice how ‘cringe-worthy’ the wording was, something I definitely never noticed when first reading the book.

The new perspective was interesting seeing the story from Beau’s, the male version of Bella, point of view. The essence of the original story was there, but I felt like I appreciated it more from his view. I found Bella whiny and one-dimensional and while the one-dimensionality still remained, I feel like the whininess I had an issue with was decreased. Whether this was because he was a guy and “guys aren’t whiny” or maybe it was ironed out in her rewriting the story.

Going into the book, I had questions about its ending and how it would be resolved. By about halfway through, I had sort of guessed the ending, and I saw a quick quip (oops) of the afterword and put it all together. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the journey, even though I saw the ending coming. I actually found the end way more compelling than the original. The end seemed more realistic… as realistic as a book about vampires can get. It was moving and that really surprised me. It actually made me cry a little.

It seemed that the characters finally found themselves in this version of the book. Twilight seems awkward and forced while this novel seems to flow. If Meyer decided to continue and flip all of her other books around chances are I would read them.

In the end, vampires are still whiny and not good significant others, humans are still annoyingly helpless, and Charlie is still the best character in the book. That being said, would I recommend this? Absolutely, it was nice slipping into the past and enjoying it all again for the first time. It was a fresh look at a familiar story.

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