Recent college graduate looking for a job? Don’t make these mistakes.

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When I receive a resume from a recent college graduate, I brace myself.  There’s a 50/50 chance the graduate is either well-prepared and ready to hit the ground running, or has completed college without a professional clue.  Some of these more memorable interviews started with the student showing up late, not being appropriately dressed or have ended with the graduate telling me something along the lines of they are “really looking for more of a work/life balance”…

It’s nice to know I’m not alone, according to a study of human resource managers by The Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania.   It turns out that there were three major mistakes that college graduates made that hindered their job seeking efforts.  Check them out below to see if you’ve experienced any of them.

  • Over 39 percent of applicants were not dressed properly for the interview
  • Over 29 percent were late for the interview
  • Over 25 percent were not prepared for the interview, which includes not knowing about the company

Have you experienced an interview where a recent grad was guilty of one of the three major mistakes?  How did you handle it?