It is my pay day and I thought this post was a must. Especially, as it is also that time of the year when graduates are looking to get into their first employment, and this made me reminisce about my experience when I was one of the graduates looking for my first job. I was lost. After I graduated, I barely knew what my plans were for my career. I wanted to get into recruitment but had little knowledge about the world of recruitment.
Did I have any previous sales or recruitment experience? No!
Was I confident that I would make it into recruitment? Yes!
Persistence and Resilience are two attributes you need to have while looking for your first challenge and opportunity!
With the graduate roles comes a title of the ‘trainee’ position but ideally the employers will always want someone with a bit of an exposure to the sector. This itself is a challenge for many graduates.
I know that many of my other graduate friends were on the same boat as me; in search for their next challenge in life whether it was into IT, Banking, Marketing and many other sectors. We used to joke around and say that may be we weren’t ready to transition from being a student to become an adult in the ‘real world’ every time we didn’t make it through after an interview. But, there never is a right time unless you make it happen. As someone said to me on one of my interviews, ‘You make your own luck’.
5 failed interviews and I gradually started to find myself. The direction I wanted to take for my career path became more evident. I didn’t see these interviews as if I had failed or was unsuccessful because I wasn’t capable. Every failed interview was a learning curve for me. After every failed interview, I wanted to get into recruitment even more than when I was writing my CV. I had the opportunity to meet some great Managing Directors who gave me invaluable advice and feedback. I tried to learn from every feedback I got. After every interview, I knew I was more confident for the next one.
Like every other graduates, recruiters approached me too. Some were not so great at keeping in touch and some were just the best recruiters I dealt with who would give me any feedback for every stage of interview. Even though I didn’t get my current job with this particular recruiter’s clients, I learnt from him that a best recruiter would always be honest, give you feedback and keep you in the loop throughout. There is always so much to learn something from anybody you meet!!
So here are a few tips for interviews from my personal experience. Others may have contrasting opinions to my views but these were some of the blunders I made; guilty of few silly ones indeed.
These are all from my personal experience as a graduate looking for a new role.
I managed to secure my current position with West Point Recruitment and I cannot think of any other companies that would have best suited me, someone with no experience. Thank you for believing in me Burhan and Jamil!I I billed £10k within the first 8 days of joining West Point. Every day I am learning something new. I have had few let downs and fair share of stresses but when you are able to get your candidate the role, nothing beats it!
I have well and truly found myself. There is only one direction for my career, onwards and upwards!
Good luck to all the graduates looking for the next challenge! I wish you all the best.
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