Everything a Fresher Need to Know About Job Interviews

So you have completed your B.Tech and getting yourself prepared for the interviews or a professional looking for another job. Like anything, interviews also require preparation. In order to do well you need to assess your skills, qualifications, knowledge related to the position you are applying for, studying about the employee (their organization), and anticipating the difficult questions. It is important to follow below steps to succeed in this competitive job world.
  • Understanding the job requirements or position you are applying
  • Gathering information about the employee
  • Reviewing your past experiences
  • Getting feedback and practicing

 

Fresher Job Interviews Tips
Understanding the job requirements or position you are applying for
Understand the job requirements from the JOB description, highlight the job responsibilities and qualifications. Don’t be afraid if you see a lengthy job description, for recruiters rarely find candidates skilled in all their requirements, so focus on your strengths.
Gathering information about the employee
Learn as much as possible about the employer, their mission, products and services, market position, how they are faring when compared with their competitors. The best place to start for the above information is company’s website, then you can use Google to find out reviews about the company, it’s culture and workplace ethic. By using LinkedIn, you can message the alumina to know more about the company. If you are unclear about the position, shoot a mail to the company for specific details.
make sure you understand about the job position.
Reviewing your past experiences
When reviewing your past experiences, consider all the skills and knowledge you gained in each experience. Your experiences could include work experience, internships, volunteer experience, class work, course work, group experiences, interests and hobbies. In each of the experience, be able to say how your skills has contributed to something for the organization and yourself.
Getting feedback and practicing
Practice saying your responses out loud for anticipated questions in front of mirror can be useful, to evaluate your facial expressions. Let friends and family ask you a list of Questions and give you feedback on completeness of your answers, level of detail in each answer, presentation style, your voice, tone and intonation, etc… The best way is to record yourself while answering in a tape, and then reviewing each answers for body language, presentation style, tone and intonation.
TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
There are different types of interviews based on the requirements of employee.
  1. One on One – most common, you and the interviewer
  2. Panel – a group of interviewers interview a single person.
  3. Group – a group of candidates are interviewed by a single person.
  4. Working – you are put to work and then observed.
  5. Telephone – this type is mostly used for screening the candidates, you are interviewed over the phone.
  6. On site – if you have cleared the screening round, many companies will call you to their company premises for next rounds of interview.

 

Preparing for the interview

  • Confirm the date, time, and location of the interview.
  • Make any necessary travel arrangements. Be there before 15 minutes, to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.
  • Research the company ahead of time. The employer will expect you to be very familiar with them.
  • Study the job description and know exactly what you are interviewing for.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, transcripts, references, and all employer forms that you have been asked to complete.
  • Bring at least five questions to ask.
  • Remember that the interview is a two-way street. Be observant. What is the atmosphere like? Are employees friendly?
  • Remember to ask when you can expect to hear from the employer again. If the employer does not respond within that time,you may phone or email the person who interviewed you to ask about your status.
  • Know what to do if you receive an offer on the spot. In most cases, it’s better to think about the offer before accepting or declining. If you do receive a verbal offer and are not ready to make a decision, ask for written confirmation and tell the firm when you expect to make a decision. Maintain communication with the firm.

 

Types of interview questions
Most of the interview questions are depended on the position you are applying for and the organization. Having said that, there are some common interview questions you can expect. Below are the list of questions you can expect and be prepared with answers for those questions.
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What are the projects you have done till now?
  • Why are you pursuing this field?
  • Describe your ideal job?
  • What are your career plans?
  • What do you see yourself doing in five years?
  • Do you plan to return to school for further education?
  • Where do you see yourself fitting in?
  • What do you know about our services/products?
  • How do you feel about traveling as part of your job?
  • In what type of setting do you do your best work?
  • What can you offer us?
  • What have you learned from the jobs you have had?
  • Tell me about an accomplishment that you are proud of?

Etiquette for interviews

  • Attend the interviews in Formal dress.
  • Be on time! Even better, arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Do not chew gum or wear too much fragrance.
  • Style your hair neatly and keep it off your face.
  • Do not put your belongings on the interview desk.
  • Turn off cell phones.
  • Be respectful to everyone.
After the interview.
So now, your interview has been finished. Every interview is a learning experience. The thing is you have to move on to your next interview, if you don’t make it, while learning from the Experience. Here are a list of things you need to think about after the interview.

  • How did it go?
  • Did I feel at ease during Interview, did i try to overcome my initial nervousness?
  • Did I emphasize on my skills and qualifications during the interview?
  • Did I talk too much or too less? Am i confident while answering? If not why?
  • What interested the interviewer most during the interview, did i clearly speak about my strengths?
  • What are things i should improve on for the next interview?
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