Check out this article by Susan Johnston in the current issue of Young Money magazine, “Best Career Advice Books for Grads.”
The featured books include Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist, Peter Vogt’s Career Wisdom for College Students and my book, Getting From College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World.
Here is an excerpt of the article:
According to “Getting from College to Career,” the interview stage is the time to “research and assess an organization’s culture” in terms of work-life fit. If you anticipate needing time off to train for a marathon or want the flexibility to work from home on occasion, you should look for clues that the company values work-life balance during your interview. Trunk writes in “Brazen Careerist” that “if you get through a full interview and the hiring manager never reveals that she has a life outside of work, there’s no need to ask: she doesn’t.”
Another important aspect to interviewing is choosing the right outfit. In “Getting from College to Career,” Pollak tells job candidates to “always err on the side of formality and wear a dark suit.” Trunk also suggests that you find out how others at the company dress, because “people like to hire people who look like them, and clothing is the easiest way to make this impression.” You can hide out in the lobby and observe employees coming and going or call human resources to find out what the dress code is.