The interview process starts in the career office of your campus. You need to make sure that you are aware of all resources related to career opportunities at your school.
Try to get information about potential employers before you graduate
Learn the time and date of company introduction meetings and activities to be held on campus
Try to enrol for these activities early
Try to interview with as many companies as possible
Prepare a systematic job search plan
Obtain advice and recommendations from the school, career offices, and employers
Talk to graduates who have already been through this process
Preparation for a job interview
With a small amount of planning you can conclude most job interviews in a balanced and assured manner. What matters is good preparation for the interview and a positive attitude.
Be sure what you want beforehand: investigate the position thoroughly, find out how much training you can get, what short and long term opportunities the company offers, what the salary and workplace environment are.
Get information by reading brochures or annual reports of the company you apply to.
Follow the news by reading publications about the business world.
Differentiate yourself by directing the attention of the interviewer to your strengths rather than your weaknesses.
At the interview
There is limited time for you to make an impression during an interview. That is why the first impression is important.
Things to keep in mind:
Be at the interview location five minutes before the scheduled interview time, but do not arrive too early because this is a sign of nervousness.
Do not forget to take a few copies of your resume with you.
Be sure you know the name of the interviewer and pronounce it correctly.
Project self-confidence in your looks and demeanour.
Act natural, be yourself.
Respond carefully. Avoid responding with “yes” or “no”.
Qualities companies look for
Besides your qualifications, some of your qualities also give clues indicating future success. These qualities include:
Ability to communicate openly
In addition, employers want to know if you have the qualities such as:
Ability to adapt to your surroundings and conditions
Ability to take initiative
Sufficient appetite for learning
Ability to work in a team
Sections of an interview
Job interviews are usually based on a standard structure. However, if you know what to expect, you can affect the course of an interview directly or indirectly.
A typical job interview consists of four sections:
Introduction: The interviewer and interviewee establish a connection with each other and the course of interview is defined.
Background and qualifications of the applicant: The qualifications of the applicant and suitability for the job are evaluated.
Evaluation: The interviewer tries to match the candidate’s qualifications and career goals with the current job opportunities.
Closing: This is where the interviewer and interviewee ask and answer final questions, and interviewee is informed of the next steps. Smile, shake hands, and do not extend your visit unnecessarily.