The Ultimate Interview Guide for Fresh Graduates

Nothing is more nerve-wracking for a fresh graduate than a job interview. Being prepared for job interviews is key to securing your professional future. By following the tips below, you will be sure to ace each interview you have.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice really can help take the pressure off. Try out these tips to feel prepared for the big moment:

  • Mirror Interview: Having a little chit-chat with yourself beforehand will definitely help you with the job interview. Stand in front of the mirror and do an interview with yourself. You’ll be amazed how it will improve your responses and boost up your confidence.
  • Mock Interviews: Another way to practice for an interview is by going for mock interviews. Many career services offer mock interview sessions. You just need to treat it like a real interview to polish your skills.
  • Video Interviews: Record your mock interview or the mirror talking and show it to your friends or parents. Ask them to give their honest feedback and work on the negatives that they have pointed out.
  • Live Interview: Another way to get better at giving interviews is by going on some real ones. Choose some companies where you don’t really want to work and go for a real interview. This would help you feel the excitement and nervousness without actually taking a big risk.

Do Your Homework

Not doing your homework on the company you want to work for could result in rejection.

  • Know The Company: Going for an interview with no knowledge of the company could leave you tongue-tied and looking foolish. Detailed research about any company you interview with is important to cast a good impression on the recruiter.
  • Know Its Interview Process: Knowing the interview process of a company would help you prep better for the entire process. You can search Google to find countless blogs or search sites like Quora or Glassdoor for the same.
  • Know Your Resume: Your work does not end at creating a great resume; you need to be ready to answer questions based on the information it provides.

Here Come’s Your Body Language

Your smile, your walk, your eyes and your talk; everything is important when it comes to your interview.

  • Eye Contact Matters: Use the 60-70 percent rule while making eye contact. You don’t want to stare into the eyes of the interviewer nor should you let your eyes wander here and there.
  • Smile: A single smile can solve many problems. It would not only relieve your tension but also help ease any tension.
  • Know Where Your Hands Are: Too many hand gestures can be annoying while keeping your hands hidden beneath the table would reflect your nervousness.
  • Look Confident But Not Over-Confident: It is the first and foremost rule in any interview. Don’t fiddle with your hair or touch your face too often in an interview. Also do not position yourself casually on the chair. Strike a happy medium between overconfidence and humility.

Prep-Up Your Speech

Having “talking points” for an interview ensure that you cover all your important and problem-solving abilities in the interview.

  • “Tell Me About Yourself”: This is often the first question in any interview. Have a one to 1.5 minute long “elevator pitch” talking about yourself, your skills, habits, passion and your interest in the job.
  • “Do You Have Any Questions”: Prepare some intelligent questions beforehand so you don’t just nod your head in disagreement when such question is asked. Avoid talking about salary in this question; rather ask about the job profile and other things to show some interest.
  • “Why Should I Hire You”: One of the most dreaded and complex questions. Talk about your skills and how they are a fit for the job. Master the art of answering this question to strengthen your chances of being hired.

Follow-Up And Grab The Offer

Sending a thank-you note or e-mail after the interview sets you apart from the rest of the candidates. It shows that you are serious about the job on offer. Most people also have the tendency to take “no response as a no,” that’s not how it works. If more than a week has gone by and there’s no sign from the recruiter, don’t just give up all hope — instead, contact them yourself.

All the tips given above can improve your performance and presentation for job interviews. Remember to stay positive and you can ace any interview with this guide by your side.


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This article is written by Anurag Gupta. He works for Placementindia.com one of the leading placement portals of India. Anurag keeps a keen interest in ongoing placements trends in the country and has delivered many articles and blogs for both job seekers and employers. For more details, follow him on: Twitter | Facebook | Google+.

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