Interview Pitfalls for New Graduates

May 17, 2013

Career Advice

Even the most seasoned career veterans dread interviews. They’re stressful! It’s too easy to psyche yourself out and think you won’t get hired all while trying to stifle your bad habits like avoiding eye contact. If you’re a new graduate, the feelings are even more intense. We can’t tell you exactly what you can do to land the job, but we can tell you what not to do. Avoid these common new graduate pitfalls during your next interview and you’ll be a step ahead of the rest.

Stop with the “learning opportunity” nonsense.
What a company can do for you or your career is not what’s most important in an interview. It’s all about what you can do for them. So tell them.

Don’t act desperate.
Even if you’re obsessed with Company A and you’re dying for this job, don’t act desperate. Act knowledgeable. Show your passion for the company and the industry by talking about like an old pro.

Don’t hold back.
Avoid at all costs using the phrase, “If you could just give me a chance…” Show off your skills NOW, not after you are potentially hired. The interview is when you must sell yourself. Hard.

Stop being intimidated.
You’re talented, you’re fresh out of school, and you have unique skills that this company is looking for. Be proud of your hard work and know that it’s valuable.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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