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Lynn M

Of course it is important for a recent college graduate to interview well --- make sure you research the company, its culture, people, product, and the skills they put emphasis on in their job descriptions. Find ways to show how you've demonstrated these abilities in the past. At the same time, even if you have great interviewing skills, you may find yourself up against a challenge if the hiring manager is a poor interviewer! How do you think people hire the wrong candidate time and time again? They aren't skilled at interviewing. If you want the hiring manager to realize your potential and you feel he/she isn't getting that out of how how the interview is being conducted,you need to take charge of your situation and do a more to guide the interviewer. If you leave without having it all out on the table, the company may indeed miss out on the perfect candidate and you may have missed out on your dream job. Don't hold back and don't leave without asking for the job if you want it.


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This perfectly describes me and what I'm going through. Right now I'm not happy with my job, it doesn't allow me to flex any of my creative skills, and barely allows for much communication. These are great skills that I have, but it's hard to show stuff like this on the resume!

Barbara Carey

I think the most challenging part about college is also that they teach you "theories of." Theories of economics, business, etc. but not necessarily how to make money.


Hi! Dropped by via Blog Explosion.

Thought I'd share that for my employment in a large oil&gas company [my entry was assured, but the actual job/position was yet to be decided], my "interview" lasted a whole day! In fact, the traditional interview was the last thing on the agenda: for over six hours I was put into a few different situations, either with fellow interviewees or solo, and was assessed on a variety of different aspects which definitely included the four factors you referred to.

The most memorable was a solo assessment with the situation of "you boss is suddenly ill and has to take a week of medical leave; you have to cover for him during this time. Here are the outstanding things in his in-tray. What are you going to do about them, and why?" It amazed me to find out later that some fellow interviewees had answered "It's not my problem, I wouldn't touch anything, I'll just leave it for the boss to handle when he gets back": at that point in time it would never have occurred to naive 'lil me to do that. 9 years of rat racing later, I understood why that would have been a saner response. No wonder the assessor kept asking me "Are you *sure* you want to involve yourself in a HR/personnel matter you "boss" himself hasn't been able to resolve?", LoL!

Unfortunately, despite the effort made to go beyond a regular interview, the process of matching a candidate to a position was hostage to other factors. Oh well...

Andy Drish

It seems that all a college degree does is prove to a potential employer that you are "trainable." Being a college student, this is quite frustrating. Basically, I'm racking up thousands of dollars in debt for what? To prove I can be trained?

You mentioned it's very difficult to test for those skills... How does one test for "adapatability"?

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