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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon It's an interview, not a keg party  Seven helpful job hunting tips for June graduates By Scott Reeves Forbes Updated: 6:07 p.m. ET June 1, 2006 NEW YORK - Some June graduates sit down for a job interview as if they were dressed for a  keg party, while others look awkward and stiff in their first set of off-the-rack "professional"  clothes. Relax, kids. Employers don't expect you to hit a home run your first few times up. Most recognize  that you're young and inexperienced. Hiring managers look for smarts, confidence and the ability  to handle yourself well in high-pressure situations. You don't have to be perfect, but you must be serious about the job and knowledgeable about the  company. It's also a good idea to dress appropriately (see: " Dress For Success "). "Always have a question ready when the interviewer asks, 'Do you have any questions?' at the  end of the interview," says Scott W. Simmons, vice president of Crist Associates, an executive  placement agency in Chicago. "A good question shows that you've researched the company and  the sector. If you say that you have no questions, you'll be perceived as passive and uninterested  in the job." For example, you might ask about major competitors or how the company differentiates itself from  the competition. Specific questions then will flow from the conversation, and if you do it right,  you'll make a good impression (see: " Acing The Job Interview "). Landing the interview starts with a solid cover letter and a killer resume. A good cover letter  tweaks the hiring manager's interest and gets your material reviewed. It's addressed to a specific  person, explains why you're writing, briefly details your qualifications for the job and directs the 
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