I am going to share some advice with you guys here.
You would think that giving out good advice to people would help them, but it doesn't because most people won't act on it.
Anyway, first the story and I will make it vague:
I got hired right out of school. I didn't finish from a prestigous business school. I didn't get hired into the CEO position. I didn't get hired making $90K a year. Infact Im still the bottom of the barrel if you ask me. However I did get hired and I make more money than most of my peers.
What did I do to beat out my friends that applied for the same job? How is it that me, an average dude beat out alot of people?
1) I knew I had an upcoming telephone interview. What did I do?
a) I went to the career centre at my school and spoke to a councilor. We went over all the questions that they could potentially ask.
b) I wrote out responses for the standrad question pool
c) Although I didn't memorize them, I remembered the important parts to help me create things to say about it.
2) I knew I had an upcoming behavioural interview over the phone. What did I do?
a) I looked up all the common behavioural type questions
b) I created answers that would high light my skills and abilities important to the job.
c) I practiced them.
3) THE ACTUAL IN PERSON INTERVIEW. What did I do?
a) I spent HOURS infront of a mirror practicing the simplest question..... TELL ME ABOUT YOUR SELF.
There is an entire ART form out there on how to answer this question. How long it should be and what it should contain. I memorized this. When my interviewer/hiring managers (it was 2 of them) asked me, so XXXXXXX tell me about your self, it flowed like water from my mouth. PERFECT. If you can't start on a good foot, you're pretty much screwed.
b) I wore my best wardrobe that I had at the time.
c) I was confident, but not to confident to make me look cocky. I didn't come off as a "I am entitled to this job" I came off as a personable human being that the interviewers could talk to and level with.
And that is it.
If you think you are going to go into an interview for a job that you desperately need, without taking the time to prepare for it then you wont get it. Many of my friends were very envious of my success because many had applied for the same job. None of them practiced. They went into it acting like it would be the easiest thing ever and they would smooth talk their way out of it because they had done it at their McJob before. When they failed, they blamed it on other circumstances "the ***** HR people" "the stupid questions" etc.
Not saying the market isn't ***** . But if you don't believe in your self first, you're not going anywhere. So practice and make those things you are good at, jump out.