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PrePare for Your first
Job interview

Career guru and influencer Julian Parra shares his essential steps to
crushing your first interview.
Jamie Thork, Monster contributor

If you just lined up your first job
interview, that means your resume
stood out and the employer is curious if
you’re the right fit. Your resume wowed
them with your experience and skills,
now you need to put it all in context
and convince them you’re the best
candidate. Easier said than done?
Nah, this doesn’t have to be so hard.
Monster teamed up with career advice
guru and social influencer Julian
Parra to determine the four things
you need to do before your first job
interview to make sure you’re prepped
and ready to nail it.
After hearing about how millions of
people were losing their jobs because
of COVID-19, Julian started posting
career development tips and tricks on
social media, and since then has grown
his following on TikTok and has been
featured on the New York Times and
These first job interview tips can take
some of the weight off your shoulders
so you come off sounding as smart and
eager as you truly are. As Julian always
says, “Let’s get it!”

A Guide to Your First Job
1. Research the Company and
Your Interviewer
Doing your research is a sure-fire way
to feel prepped and confident going
into your first interview. What exact
research should you be doing? Go

on the official company website and
make sure you study the following
information about the company:
• Its mission and values
• The main products or services it sells
• The people in key leadership roles
Knowing about these topics will
demonstrate to them that you actually
care about this opportunity and
that you came prepared.
Looking for extra credit? Brush up
on the company’s history, culture,
recent news, and any of its recent
achievements as an organization.
These can offer great topics for
introductory conversations while you’re
waiting for the interview to start.
For example, if you’re meeting
with someone in HR, you could
say something like, “I noticed that
[company] was just awarded one of the
best places to work. You must be happy
with that recognition.” You just showed
off your research skills and you opened
up an opportunity for them to tell you
more about the company’s culture.
Here’s another pro tip: When you
schedule your first job interview, ask
who will be at the interview and then
research them online to learn more
about their current role and their
career development. Look at what their
official job title is, what kinds of tasks
do they do on the day-to-day, how
long they’ve been in their current role,
and what kind of expertise they have.

At the end of the interview, ask them
relevant questions about who they
are, which leads us to the next tip.
2. Practice Your Interview
Being well prepared is of the utmost
importance. First, you can more or less
guess what kinds of questions they’ll
ask, like
• Tell me about yourself
• Tell about one of your strengths and
• Why should we hire you?
Second, gather a few of your past
professional and relevant experiences,
and relate them to the main skills
and qualifications as listed in the job
description. Think about times in
which you drove valuable results for
your team, demonstrated leadership,
overcame challenges, or any other
achievements that you think the
interviewer would be interested in
hearing about.
Next, structure those stories using a
framework like SOART, which is an
acronym for Situation, Obstacle, Action,
Result, and Takeaways. So, when you’re
still preparing, simply jot down bullet
points of the situation, task, action, and
result of your experiences, and practice
telling the story in front of a mirror,
sharing only the most relevant and
important information.
Practicing in this manner will help
you grow more confident in your

Don’t let your first job interview freak you out.

capabilities and turn the interview into interviewing in person or virtually,
more of a conversation.
it is so important for you to dress
3. Come Prepared with Questions professionally. Although different
industries have different standards,
Coming to your first job interview
and each company has its own culture,
prepared with thoughtful
you want to present yourself in a clean,
questions shows that you truly care
professional way.
about this opportunity. Don’t ask
questions that you could have easily
Business professional attire for men
looked up yourself. Instead, ask your
should include a navy blue or grey suit
interviewer questions about their
with a matching tie. This is a must for
career development journey, how they legal, finance, or business services. You
think certain trends may be affecting
may have some wiggle room on the tie
their industry, or their perspective on
at a tech startup or marketing agency.
recent company news.
Pair it with a simple colored buttonSome examples to get you started can down shirt and a dark-colored belt that
include the following:
matches your oxford or loafer shoes.
• What is it about the company or role Business professional attire for women
that has kept them that long at that
can include a button-down shirt or
blouse with a blazer, a skirt or slacks,
• What are some common challenges
and polished, closed-toe heels, flats, or
people face when starting out in
that role?
All in all, regardless of gender, be sure
• What are some ways they can
to pick tasteful and fitted clothing. Stay
overcome these challenges?
away from anything with oversized
• What distinguishes an average
logos, overly distracting colors or
employee from an exceptional and
patterns, or clothing with profanity.
high-performing employee?
How you dress for an interview reflects
4. Dress for the Occasion
your professionalism, so keep this in
mind moving forward. You got this!
Regardless of whether or not you’re


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