Attention Grads! How to Prepare for Your “Real World” Job Interview.


You’ve applied for a job and landed an interview! Whether you’ve been on several interviews or this is your first, it’s vital to be prepared and put your best foot forward. Here are a few tips:
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Always Dress to Impress

Employers notice your attire. Dress professionally, no matter how casual the workplace environment. A favorite, professional outfit will make you feel confident. Ensure your clothes fit, are clean and wrinkle-free. Ladies, avoid short skirts and low-cut tops. Gents, grab that blazer and polish up your dress shoes.

Be on Top of Your Game

It’s alright to feel a little nervous before and during an interview. Take a few deep breaths before going in.  Speak slowly to demonstrate how calm and collected you are. Try to channel energy into excitement about the role, and it will pay off!

Practice Interview Answers and Prepare to Ask Questions

Practice answering common interview questions with a family member or friend so you’re less nervous and more prepared to handle tough questions.  Create a list of questions to ask as well, but be sure questions pertain to the position itself or company culture. Avoid the topics of pay, time off, and starting date until you reach the offer stage.

Research the Job and the Company

Have a thorough understanding of what the company does.  Start with online research, reading latest company or industry headlines, and review the job description a few times to be sure you understand the role. This will help you provide more relevant answers to topical questions. You’ll stand out by appearing knowledgeable and eager to dive into the role.

Take a Test Drive to the Location

Arriving late to an interview can cost you the opportunity, so take a test drive to the location around the same time you need to arrive.  Make sure you know how to get there and how long it takes to get there with traffic.  Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Bring Physical Copies of Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Any Supporting Documents

Arrive prepared with physical copies of your resume.  Interviewers and hiring managers may not have a copy handy during your interview, and sometimes other representatives join unexpectedly, so having extra copies is a good idea.


If you receive an offer for the position, congratulations!  If you do not receive an offer, don’t fret.  Every interview is an opportunity to learn, grow, and build your network.

Freedom Mortgage is committed to helping grads become successful in full-time roles in the financial services industry. We’re now interviewing on campuses for summer start-dates. If we won’t be at your campus, you can learn about or apply to Freedom Mortgage’s First Flyer Career Development program today.