Job Interview Tips for Business Students

For those approaching their goal of finally obtaining their online business degree, the inevitability of the real world awaits you. While the competitive job market might seem intimidating from the outside, there are plenty of ways to build the confidence you need to match all the hard work you've put in for your education. Here are a few essential tips students looking for a career in business need to know when preparing for their first job interview:

Practice Makes Perfect
One of the most useful tactics you can take for interview preparation is by setting up a mock job interview. Experiencing a mock interview with a career counselor or teacher is a great way to help you identify what characteristics, skills and traits employers are looking for before you even step in the door. You can even set up a mock interview on the phone with your online professors, who can then provide you with detailed notes on how well they thought you handled yourself during the process.

Dress to Impress
You can never erase a first impression, so do you want employers to remember you as the well-dressed professional who came prepared or the ruffled-shirt-wearing amateur who forgot to wear a tie? No matter what type of job you're applying for, always try to look your best.

Promote Yourself
There's a thin line you can walk during a job interview in regards to being modest and completely self-obsessed. When asked about what sets you apart from the rest of the pack, point to a story or moment where you or your company faced a problem, and what you did specifically to address the situation. Explain clearly the actions you took that resulted in a positive response, which will showcase to the interviewer a better example of how you're a problem solver, which will work better than simply listing off your skills and achievements.  

Address your weaknesses
Your weaknesses are a topic that will generally be discussed during an interview, and the thing that employers are most looking for with this question is not necessarily what you think your weakness is, but how you answered the inquiry. Having an answer prepared is absolutely necessary for this topic, so think of a general area you struggle with, come up with ways you can improve upon it and run your statement over with friends or teachers before an interview to see how it comes off.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online bachelor degree programs in business and online MBA programs. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_business

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