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Getting Hired As An MBA Grad

When you are an aspiring student, it seems like the main thing in your life is to get admitted to a business school, and then everything will be as it should.

However, even after having obtained an MBA education, there’s still an equally difficult challenge of transferring your knowledge and skills into a good resume and finding a lucrative job.

U.S. News have recently published some expert opinions on helping MBA graduates to find the job of their dreams, Poets&Quants reports.

Be Positive About Your Interviews

University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA career management assistant dean, Naomi Sanchez, believes that challenging interviews should not influence our self-esteem. Even if your interviewer is flat-out telling you that they don’t like your answers, don’t panic. Try to stay positive and be open.

An interview is a good way to connect with the recruiter. Its primary goal is testing your emotional intelligence rather than your knowledge and professionalism. If you are invited to an interview, it already means that your skills have been assessed based on your resume. Of course, your professional knowledge is important, but no less crucial is that the HR manager knows you are emotionally mature enough to work in a team.

Show How You Apply Your Skills Practically

Skills on paper are all good, but it’s very important to be able to show how you would use then for work. Hence, one of the primary goals of an interview is to see whether you can be an asset for your prospective employer. According to AT&T vice president of talent acquisition, Jason Oliver, the best candidates are those that offer to change something about the way the company works right off the bat. Make a business proposal with your skills, sell your ideas to your future employer and show that you are interested in their company and would like to help it thrive.

Be Careful How You Dress

According to IBM’s vice president of human resources, Allison Fether, the way a candidate dresses leaves a lasting impact on the HR manager’s opinion about their fitting into the corporate culture and their prospective team.

To find out how not to underdress or overdress, read up on the company culture. If the candidates are asked before the interview to come wearing business casual, you shouldn’t try to impress the prospective employer by wearing a three-piece suit, even more so if it isn’t your daily style (some applicants even came to interviews in suits with price tags still intact, whereas their interviewer wore a T-shirt and jeans).

Actually, the best way to make sure what is expected of you in terms of dress code is to ask the recruiter before your interview date.

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