With graduation peeking right around the corner, it’s time for you to land a job that will set you up for career success!

Everyone, at some point in their life, will have to prepare for that uncomfortable, and many times intense, 30 minute meeting with a company they’ve applied to. The key to getting hired is to make that interview more like a conversation than an interrogation. We all handle pressure differently, but remaining under control, professional, and relatable, can guarantee you that job.

Here’s some tips on how to get hired on the spot:

1. With any job you apply for, you want to do some research on the company, and get familiar with the culture, so you know how to approach the situation.

2. Learning the culture will guide you in choosing a dress code for the interview. You wouldn’t wear the same outfit to a sneaker store interview as you would an insurance company. Dress the role and land the job.

3. Although you’ve already submitted your cover letter and resume, bring a printed copy with you to the interview, along with your portfolio or any other documents that will support your experience.

4. Entry level jobs may be the hardest to land, because usually if you are applying to one you have no prior experience and probably just graduated from school. Emphasising your willingness to learn, your ability to adjust, the courses you’ve taken that can prepare you for the position, and your anxiousness for professional developement will show the employer that you are more mature than your resume.

5. Simple things like eye contact, body posture, smiling and laughing when necessary, are key things employers look for during an interview. Personality will single you out from the next candidate, so while you’re focusing on remaining in control, make sure you connect and engage in the conversation.

6. At the end of every interview, the employer usually asks, “Are there any questions you have for me?” This is a moment for you to find out all of the information you wouldn’t know from looking on their website, or from your conversation during the interview (salary, traveling, when are they looking to start, etc.)

7. Lastly, inform them of your flexible availability and your appreciation for them taking the time out to meet with you. Leaving a lasting impression is essential in landing the position.

You’re well on your way to a successful interview! I hope this helps; drop us a line @HerSource on Twitter.

-Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)