Top Interview Tips For Freshers
Congratulations on your graduation! Welcome to the world of work! Now that you have finally earned your degree, it’s time to go out and conquer your professional world. It may seem exciting, but fair warning, it’s not always so. You see, you will have to go through the daunting process of getting hired for your dream job. You might even have to sit nervously through many interviews. Landing your dream job could take a while. But fear not, for as long as you have the drive and you work hard without giving up, you will get there.
Plus, in hopes of making your transition to the real world smoother, we have compiled a list of interview tips that we are sure will help you in your upcoming interviews.
Top Interview Tips For Freshers
Research And Practice
A day before you go in for your interview, do thorough research on everything you can about the company, the interviewer and the important heads of the company. You can get information from the company website or their social media profiles. Knowing things about them which are professional in nature will impress the interviewer. Then, google the most common job interview questions. Try to formulate answers for each question. Take help from your family members or friends to help you conduct a mock interview. This will help you in gaining more confidence.
Dress To Impress
The way you dress determines the interviewer’s first impression of you. So, unless you are specifically told about the dress code for the interview, always assume that it is formal or semi-formal. You could never go wrong with suits that fit perfectly, not too tight and not too loose either. Also, choose dark and neutral tones rather than shiny and flashy ones. If you think suits are a bit too much, go with button-down shirts, smart pants, and smart shoes. Don’t overdo the jewellery either.
Mind Your Body Language
Some recruiters like to gauge whether candidates are confident or not based on their behavior. So, ensure that you walk in with confidence when entering the building and the interview room. Ensure that you sit up straight but not to the point that you are too uncomfortable, and remember to maintain eye contact with the person speaking to you. Show your enthusiasm to present yourself as a likeable person because not many people want to work with people who seem dull and unenthusiastic.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Some Time
If and when you can’t provide an answer right away because you are too nervous or you are lost, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to give you a minute or two to formulate your answer.
Do Not Interrupt
When the interviewer or someone else in the room is speaking, do not interrupt them. Interrupting them will only portray you as a rude and mannerless person. You need to listen actively and wait for your time to talk. If you have any questions, you can wait because the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for him before the interview ends. And when he asks you this question, ensure that you ask at least a question or two.
End On A Good Note
No matter how the interview must have gone, ensure that you end it on a good note. Take time to thank them for the opportunity and wish them well with a smile on your face.
Within 24 hours of the interview, send a thank-you note via email and let them know that you will wait for their response. Ensure that the thank-you email is not too lengthy. Following up with them will make you stand out from other candidates.
Even if you do not want to work for the company, be mature enough to send them a thank-you letter explaining why you have decided to go other ways. This will help you in building a good network for future references.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
You need to think of interviews as first dates. Both you and the interviewer sit down to get to know one another to see if you’d be a good match for each other’s success. So, do not be afraid to ask questions, especially those that their website or other sources won’t tell you, such as benefits packages, whether raises are merit or seniority-based or how often performance reviews occur, etc.
Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: some interview tips for freshers that we are confident will help you ace your upcoming interview. Read how to answer about your strengths and weaknesses answer to ace your interview.
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