Did you know that only half of the 200,000 graduates in Malaysia are employed within 6 months of graduating?
Graduate unemployment is indeed a rising concern in Malaysia. Amongst the reasons why Malaysian graduates find themselves unemployed is because of their poor preparation and communication skills. A study done by JobStreet provided the 5 top reasons why fresh graduates don’t get hired, with 2 of the reasons involving communication skills.
These days, having a qualification is no longer the only ticket required to secure a job. You need to ensure you can write a great job application and perform your best during job interviews.
JobStreet Education is now partnering with Successful Graduate so you can learn the right skills for employment through the JobStreet Education Successful Graduate Course.
Additionally, here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the workforce, as you will be competing with new graduates and existing unemployed graduates competing for jobs.
1. Do a Background Search
Before going into the interview, make sure you analyse the job description so you are well versed with what the role will involve. In case there is no job description or it’s too basic, don’t be afraid to ask for a more detailed job description.
Aside from the job itself, you should also do some research on the company. Get basic information about the company, and if possible, find the annual report of the company. Do a quick search online where you take a look at:
- the company’s website
- check their social media
- news and any relevant updates on the company
You should go to the interview with a good understanding of the company and what they do. Learn the basic information of the company before you go for the interview. This will be expected of you and will show you are serious about the role.
2. Practice Interview
When preparing for interviews, most people prepare themselves for what the interviewer will ask them. However, did you know that by preparing some questions to ask the interviewer will show your interest in the position. It shows you are making sure the job is a right fit and you are interested in the role than just having a job to get a salary.
You should also be prepared for other questions like:
- What do you do outside of work?
- What is your favourite book or website?
These types of questions are posed to get a better picture of you. Make sure you prepare to answer questions related to the specific role you are applying for, but also about yourself as an individual and your achievements. This will show you are a well-rounded person who can then potentially bring more to the company.
3. Power Pose
Amy Cuddy describes power posing as expansive and open, because when you adopt a power pose, you take up a lot of space and hold your arms and legs away from your body. An example of a power pose is "The Wonder Woman" power pose, where you stand with your feet apart, your hands on your hips, and your chin tilted upward.
In her talk and research paper, Amy Cuddy states that adopting powerful body language can change the way other people see and act toward you. This can then reinforce your confident behaviour. Additionally, there are many things we communicate non-verbally that can influence the impression we make on others. Some of these non-verbal expressions include our posture, facial and body gestures, and eye contact.
Before your next interview, practice sitting and standing in postures of confidence to help you feel more confident. You can also go to the washroom or a private space to strike a power pose before the interview begins.
4. Start Early
You may have been to the interview location before or have a rough idea of where the place is. Still, when it comes to interviews, don’t take any chances. If the situation allows, check out the location before the actual day of the interview. This will give you a chance to suss out where to park, where to register, and all the other little details.
Doing a practice run is also a good idea so you can be sure about where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Don’t forgot to also give yourself a few extra minutes and arrive a little early on the actual interview day.
5. Dress for Success
Some companies will state the dress code for the interview, whilst other organisations don’t. To be safe, your interview outfit should always be presentable. As such, leave out fancy or trendy clothing because interviews are not the time for you to go over the top. Think about a smart, clean and comfortable outfit for the interview. Remember to dress professionally and appropriately for the role and company you will be going for an interview with. You could also get an idea of the dress code expected when doing your research on the company.