For the first time job seekers, the first interview is reason enough to feel all jittery and nervous. Call for your first interview can lead to mixed emotions of excitement, anticipation and nervousness. Since you are going for fresher jobs, chances are that there will be many candidates for one vacancy. Thus, you have to make sure that you have to make your mark in that interview. Also, since freshers have no past experience to show, it is only their qualifications and their personality that they have to bank on to get that fresher job.
For entry-level jobs, the general interview questions are more or less the same. With a little help and preparation, freshers can learn how to effectively face that barrage of questions where some are easy, others are tricky, and each one is designed in a manner to elicit key information from you. Freshers need to develop the mindset and the skill to answer with quick, convincing and on-the-feet kind of responses that show their smart-mindedness and confidence. In this article, we have listed some key questions or can say some interview tips with a guide to effective answers that can help you land that fresher job.
The most common question asked is: ‘Tell me about yourself’. It is an open-ended question and is your best chance to represent yourself in appositive light and leave a good impression on the recruiter. Some interviewees do the mistake of answering this question with loads of personal information and little about their suitability for the job. If you have read the job description properly, you can use this question effectively to your own advantage. Here you must talk about your strengths as a student and your vision of your career. Tell them about what important lessons you have learnt as a student that can help you while being on this job. You must also talk about any volunteer work that you undertook as a student or any community that you joined and displayed leadership skills and about your ability to take initiatives.
To gauge your strengths, the interviewer may ask you what your strengths are. As a reply to this question, you can elucidate with examples how you enjoy taking up new challenges and about your ability to tackle them in a focused and organized manner. This trait is required in all types of job profiles so, it will make a good impression on the recruiter. You may also want to talk about your ability to persevere and find unique solutions to problems. However, all that you say must be backed with real examples as just talking in air would completely defeat the purpose.
After the strengths, some interviewees tend to probe your weaknesses. This is a tricky question but you can turn it to your advantage. So, you must enlist your ‘good’ weaknesses, instead of saying that you are lazy or lose temper quickly. So, you could say that you don’t like leaving any work in middle and for that reason sometimes, you end up neglecting your personal life. Also, you could mention that you get impatient when people do not deliver on promises and deadlines which shows that you are yourself committed to deliver productively.
Then, the interviewer might ask you why you are fit for the job. This is to assess how you rate yourself differently from the rest of the candidates. This is not the time to get modest and understate your good qualities. Instead, you must play on what sets you apart from the crowd. You must also highlight the skills that would be fit for the job advertised. So, you could mention some skills like your ability to plan things in advance and execute long-term projects; your ability to organize information and data; your ability to research on issues pertaining to work and your ability to work well in a team. You could also talk about how well you adapt to different situations and challenges and these little things can easily help you grabbing jobs for freshers.
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