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Graduating? The One Thing You Need to Practice​ | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what you need to practice before your first interview.


I am talking to you college grads today or students who are about to graduate. There is were those lessons about job hunting when you graduate.

You are being hired on potential. I don't care how much you think you have done, you are really being hired on the basis of your potential. For those of you who have had great internships, the game is going to shift because you're not good be doing the same job or type of job; there is a much higher expectation of you based upon the fact that they seen some things about you and decided to give you another shot. . . Or they didn't give you a shot and there was a message in that for you.

Here is where the rubber hits the road – – when you are interviewing, your basic job is to convince people that your eager, you are smart, and you are ready to do anything... You have a few opinions but you want to learn more.

At the end of the day, your basic job is to smile, looks smart, dressed well and make a connection with the person opposite you. After all, without that connection, you're just another body in the chair. As a result, you are going to have to overcome that shyness that you may have about speaking to a strange 40-year-old, or 35-year-old or 28-year-old who you have never talked to before.

Most of the people who are going to make decisions about you are not your age. Most of them are not going to be my age but more like the ones that I quoted already. As a result, your biggest practice point from this point on is talking to adults of those ages about what you do in ways where you don't come across as being shy or frightened.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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