How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part V

When many college graduates begin their job search, they often wonder “what do I wear to the interview?” It might seem tricky if the company you’re going into is business casual. If the company dress is conservative or business casual, always dress up!Classic shoes

We realize that on a college budget, graduates might have a limited number of suit or dress pieces for an interview. We put together some different interview outfit looks on Ashley, by mixing and matching different accessories to key items in the outfit. This is the best method for any college student to create many interview outfits for less!

Some key items to mix around are:

  • necklaces or scarves with a suit coat
  • blazer or cardigan over a dress
  • classic colored heels with any outfit

For Ashley’s makeup, we used lightweight mineral foundation and blush. For any interview, you want to look natural. To get this natural look, keep the eye shades neutral colored: light pinks, browns, beiges, etc. A brown pencil eyeliner was applied lightly on her top lid, along with brownish/black mascara. We gave Ashley a comfortable and refreshed look for her interview.

Don’t forget the biggest key accessories with your interview outfit…your resume, portfolio, and questions! Good luck!

Ashley's Finished Interview Look

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part I

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part II

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part III

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part IV

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part VI

‘Managing Forward’ Series Part III: Advice for Interns

The final video of Chip’s interview focuses on what managers look for in today’s young professionals.

It is important for every intern going into a new role to learn and discover what they need to bring to the table to benefit the employer and themself. From Chip’s six years of managing college students, there are some main points he touches upon in the video:

1.      Top-notch qualities needed for post-graduation employment.

2.      Attributes sought out in an intern.

3.      Purpose of an interview.

What are some other attributes that an intern needs to be successful?

GenYired: Top Weekly Posts


  1. Following Up After the First Interview

    ComPRehension offers a few strategies for interviewees to rise to the top of the ranks in situations where the process is lengthy or has many candidates competing for the same opening. Similar to the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal: “E pluribus unum” – meaning:  “Out of many, one.”

  2. 50 Buzzwords You Shouldn’t Use on Your Resume

    This list is a must have. Keep in mind that your resume is scanned before it is read.  Use this list to help you eliminate the buzzwords that can eliminate you early in the process.

  3. 3 Little Things You May Not Know Employers Are Looking For

    Come Recommended has uncovered these three areas that can be easily overlooked in preparation for and even during your interview. From personal experience on both sides of an interview, make sure you’re comfortable with all of them before you introduce yourself to a potential employer.

  4. 2011 Grads Most Sought After by Employers

    Find out which college majors are poised to hit it big in the real world by

Post written by Julie Skowronek, Marketing Coordinator at Whiting Consulting.

GenYired: Interview Preparation

The most critical step in the process to impress the future employer with everything you got. Do you feel a little hesitant or nervous? Are you not sure what to expect? These three articles focus on the little things you could possibly miss when preparing for the big day.

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Job Seekers: The Phone is Back – 5 Phone Etiquette Tips

Cell, Cellphones, Phones, Pile of phones, Variety of cellphones

Today there are so many ways to communicate with one another:  texting, social media tools, IM etc. Rarely do we have to use a phone to have a verbal conversation….Where I am getting with all this is that folks are forgetting how to leverage the phone for success during the interview process.

For many years, companies would have candidates come into the office from the beginning of the recruitment process…that is no longer the case.  For most candidates the first interview takes place over the phone…but even before that first phone interview is scheduled you need to be aware of how you come across over the phone.

The first impression no longer happens when you walk into the office- it happens with that first initial call.  Here are some phone etiquette tips to make a successful first impression: Continue reading

Taking the Fear Out of the Question: “What is Your Weakness?”

Fear, Negativity, Confidence Surrounded by Fear, Finding Confidence

In a recent #jobhuntchat, the topic of the night was on interviewing. A question came up of “Which questions scare you the most?” Many of the tweets were focusing on the “What is your weakness?” question. There are so many ways to answer this question.

Some vote that there shouldn’t be a weakness question at all, because no one is perfect. Others worry about if they will be judged personally by what kind of answer they give. With so many points of view to this sticky question, everyone’s fear has been bottled up.

Well, let’s take the fear out of this question. Continue reading

10 Qualities Employers Search For In a Candidate

Millennials- Here are the 10 ways to impress a future employer with the skills they look for in a candidate, according to the National Association of Colleges & Employers Research: Job Outlook 2010.

  1. Communication skills. Practice them before the interview. Employers want to hear clear and concise answers. For me, it’s easier to communicate all of my thoughts clearly in person. During my first phone interview, those clear communication waves were all chopped up, and it wasn’t the phone’s fault! The interviewer had to reword what I said after. I was horrified! Even if it’s on the phone, think slowly before you speak. Pauses are OKAY.
  2. Strong work ethic. Employers want their workers to be committed to what they do, and get the job done beyond expectations.
  3. Teamwork. Use the STAR method of answering interview questions that involve team projects. Don’t be afraid to give recognition to other team contributors during the interview. Don’t only focus on yourself. Add in how you have used leadership to successfully work in a team setting, and what challenges you had to overcome to get your end results. I recommend giving your results in number form, if possible, to really emphasize what you’ve accomplished.
  4. Initiative. Employers don’t want their Millennial workers to be slackers. Show your enthusiasm for completing any task given to you. Growing up as an athlete, I’ve become a very driven individual, and that’s what employers want. They want to know they can hire someone who can work with little supervision.
  5. Analytical skills. Employers want their workers to be able to identify key issues, do in-depth research for information, and streamline processes. Show up to the interview with company research done, and assess the night before what the company can do to be more successful in the future. Don’t criticize the company, but offer your value for long-term company growth and profit. Continue reading
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