While the job market may be greatly improved for the Class of 2017, the job hunt still won't be easy for many of your new grads.
Fast Company magazine recently interviewed four recent graduates currently working at tech companies, including YouTube, Giphy, and Soundcloud, about their suggestions for the interview process.
Encourage students to build a sample of their work
Hiring managers want to see something students have done and have gotten others excited about, writes Bellis. For example, Mike Nolan, a recent grad, worked on an in-browser video editing tool while he as interning at Mozilla, and he later showcased the project on his LinkedIn page. He is now a web engineer at Giphy because a recruiter noticed his project.
Facebook's VP of People, Lori Goler, suggested a similar strategy in a separate article for Fast Company, writing "If you can show a hiring manager at Facebook something you yourself thought of, put together on your own, and then convinced other people to start using, you'll stand a better chance of sticking out."
Remind students that learning is a lifelong process
Being flexible and willing to learn more is crucial to landing a great full-time position, says Angelica Inguanzo, a recent grad who is now a user experience engineer at YouTube. She says she started in a nontechnical role but continued learning new skills and eventually moved into her current engineer position. "I didn't wait for anyone to tell me what needed to be done—I paid attention and looked for solutions," she adds.
Approach the interview like a real conversation
When Dennis Lee interviewed for a job as a marketing coordinator with SoundCloud, he says he focused on really trying to make a connection with his interviewer, and he believes that helped him land the job. Bellis points out that interviews can often feel one-sided, so if candidates who can successfully engage in a real conversation with their interviewer will stand out.
"Follow your passion" is overrated advice
While graduates may be told by commencement speakers to follow their passion, Inguanzo argues that students should be more open-minded about the jobs they apply to and willing to take risks. She points out that the stakes aren't that high; it's always possible to leave if you truly don't like a role. Inguanzo also says that it's often hard to figure out if a position will be a good fit until you try it for a while (Bellis, Fast Company, 5/25).
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