College can be one of the most effective places to prepare for the coming job industry.
Students can use the resources available to them on campus to prepare for the future.
Nailing a job interview not only depends on our preparation, but also on the choices we make during the interview on how to present ourselves.
First impressions can make or break an applicant.
“There is always this 30-second to 60-second impression. You are measuring- the job seeker. That first impression is critical,” said Mark Nygren, a business professor at BYU-Idaho who has owned several businesses.
Jared Johnson, attorney with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, said that a few ways to mess an interview include lacking confidence, not looking at the interviewer, not focusing and sharing personal stories.
“We can get personal later,” said Johnson. “I can learn about your dog later.”
Johnson said a common question employers ask an applicant is “why do you want the position?”
Elder Martin Ludwig, who currently serves at the LDS Employment Office with his wife in American Fork, Utah, said asking questions after the interview is crucial, such as “what should I expect from this job?”
Ludwig encourages those he helps to never ask the interviewer about benefits or time off.
“It’s not about you”, said Ludwig. “It’s about the company.”