Survey: These are the top mistakes new grads make during the job application process

You may have landed the interview right after graduation, but it doesn’t mean you will get the job. New research from CareerBuilder looking at the past year shows all the different ways young college grads are botching their interviews and it’s pretty startling. As for the top offense? Thirty-seven percent of them failed to send a thank you note following the interview.  The Harris Poll surveyed 1,012 adult employees who work in HR and hiring in the private sector. Here is what else they found new grads were doing.

Where college grads go wrong

  • “Didn’t know anything about the company:” 35%
  • “Didn’t submit a cover letter:” 31%
  • “Didn’t ask any questions in the interview:” 29%
  • “Had poor grammar on their resume:” 26%
  • “Didn’t have professional references:” 26%
  • “Had unprofessional pictures on their social media profiles:” 21%
  • “Checked their mobile phone during the interview:” 19%

Here’s how much new grads will get paid

On the plus side though, new grads will be getting paid better than grads during previous years. Separate research has found that 2018 college grads will have a salary of more than $50,000 yearly on average, and CareerBuilder’s data echoes this finding as well, with the majority of new grads projected to earn a minimum of $50,000 at 33%. But while 23% will take home $30,000 to below $40,000, 22% will earn $40,000 to below $50,000. Twenty-one percent will take home less than $30,000.

While 74% of companies said they’re open “to negotiate salary offers when extending a job offer to” someone who’s recently completed college, the numbers also showed a breakdown of what they’d get paid.