In many cases, employers prefer to select applicants with sufficient relevant experience in order to avoid the work and expense involved in the training process.
Thus, if you have just graduated college, have no professional experience or little relevant experience, not only is it difficult for you to interview like a pro, it is also a challenge to get the job offer and secure a job. Although there is no speed plan for gaining experience, you can greatly improve your interview skills.
This article gives you some starting points for your interview preparations.
Job interview tips for beginners
Do not become depressed or drown in a defeatist attitude. Though it may be difficult, it is not impossible to interview well as a fresher and impress your interviewer.
Realize that the fact that you are having a scheduled job interview, means that your Fresher Resume passed the employer screening and your initial qualification seemed good for the employer.
You have probably applied for an entry level position where all the candidates have the same experience level, and therefore you are playing the same cards as others.
Moreover, everything has a starting point and so it is in this job hunting practice.
After reading this article, you may be interested in reading these –
- Your First Interview – Tips for first Job Interview Questions and Answers
- Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers
- How to Get a Job When you have Little to No Experience
- First Job Resume: How to Make a Resume for First Job
- No Work Experience: Resume with No Work Experience
Interview Questions that are asked to freshies/novices
So, how does a fresher prepare for an interview?
It is obvious that a fresher must do as much research as reasonably possible regarding the organization, prepare his resume well and dress neatly.
However, there are certain questions that a fresher must anticipate and prepare responses. These questions are some of the most basic ones but they surely are important to address:
1. Interviewer: “Please tell us about yourself”
This is one of the most common questions asked. It is an open-ended question and thus, an interviewee has the liberty to answer it the way he wants. An adept interviewee would seize the opportunity to portray him/herself in a positive light and thereupon build a desired image around his candidature.
Thus, he would utilize the opportunity to his advantage.
- Common interview mistake: The fresher tends to talk a lot about his personal and schooling life.
- What to do: Steer away from such discussion. Read the job description beforehand and prepare your introductory note keeping in mind the job requirements and how your personal traits and educational qualifications match up to them.
- Relevant activities: You may add upon your involvement in community activities and social causes as well.
2. Interviewer: Why did you choose this career? How/Why did you choose your majors and how did you like your courses/studies in college/university.
So, how did you come to choose your major? You must have decided after giving it a great thought and consideration. Describe and explain your decision making process to the interviewer. Although you may have made your choice because you thought this route would provide you the best chances of a decent paying job, try to mention that briefly, and rather expound upon other more politically correct reasons – use this opportunity to support your desire to improve the world, or whatever you can associate the job with. Remember, any job that deals with people –and almost all do – affords an employee a chance to do good to others. If this is a goal of yours, be sure to elaborate. Use this concept to present yourself as a well-rounded individual with multiple goals.
3. Interviewer: “Can you specify your weaknesses and strengths?”
Firstly, a fresher needs to be well aware of his strengths as well as his/her weaknesses. Secondly, he should be prepared to enumerate his strengths and elaborate on them by stating examples. For instance, a fresher may say, “I love to take up challenges and I tend to work in a focused and methodical manner to achieve the desired results. Recently, I had an opportunity to landscape my neighbor’s garden. I accepted the challenge and gave it my best efforts. My neighbor was thrilled. The work was greatly appreciated by all.”
It is quite tricky to talk about your weaknesses.
The best way to do so is to mention about you good points that may have negative impacts as well. For instance, an applicant may say, “I get much too involved in projects and thus, occasionally I forget standing personal commitments.” Move on quickly to strengths. Or mention how you are working to improve in this area.