Obstacle No. 2:
I failed my interview!
Many international students are turned down after they are interviewed.
There are many reasons for this, including missing qualifications, lack of work
experience, lack of knowledge of the business, cultural differences, the
language barrier, and so on. Keep in mind that getting turned down is not unique
to international students! It is
understood that most interviews do not lead to a job. It is usually necessary to make
many, many attempts before you finally get hired. Many people feel that looking for a
job is much harder work than having a job. But the last place you try will be
the one that hires you.
The three things you need to do before your interview are: (1) prepare, (2)prepare, and
(3)prepare! Here are some ideas to help you to prepare:
Research employment regulations
Be thoroughly familiar with the immigration regulations and benefits attached to your
immigration status. Often, you are expected to educate the employer about these details,
possibly during your interview.
Research the employer and the position
This is crucial for any job hunt. You must understand what the company does, who
their competitors are,what they are hiring for, and what qualifications they are seeking. Your
Career Center library has many resources to help students research employers.
Networking is one of the best ways to identify potential jobs for any student. In
developing networks and resources, you can try to talk with local ethnic communities,
nationality based clubs, and classmates and professors originally from the same home country.
Networking is a life-long process that you should start as early as possible. But remember not
to lose your perspective - don't call someone for the first time and ask for a job!
Mock interviews can give you invaluable interview practice and insight into your own
interviewing strengths and weaknesses. Career consultants can help by conducting mock interviews.
If you want to learn more about interviews, click here.
Obstacle No.3: I don't speak good English.