During the placement season in a college, the campus is surrounded by an air of nervousness and uncertainties. As a final year student you are under a lot pressure to meet various expectations of both your own self and your family, especially when it comes to securing a good placement and getting a job. Securing a good job at your dream company is all that's on your mind during the college placement season.For some college students, it's your first time in life facing a professional interview and for other the process might be a little familiar from past interviews for college internships.
Irrespective of this everyone is nervous during the placement time at college. After all, it’s your first job interview and most you are vying to get into the prestigious organizations of your field but not everyone gets the chance. There are lot of variable that define your selection like your academics for one. But being an A-Grade student doesn't always ensure you a place in the company of your choice. A lot depends upon your interview, the first face to face interaction you have with your employer. The impression that you make here is the ladder to securing that job offer in your dream company. And to nail this interview it is imperative that college students keep some of these points in mind for any interview they appear in.
Never Say: What does your company actually do?
Raising such questions with your interviewer is a big 'No.' Ask it, and you undermine your value as a potential candidate straight away. If you have applied as a potential candidate at some company it is expected of you to have a basic info about the company operations. If you employer realizes that you have no basic info about the companies background it is highly unlikely that he would take your candidature seriously. And you lose your chance at getting a job at the company. Even if you are not aware about the company's operations, you can easily google up information beforehand.
With some basic info you can have a more relevant conversation like I read that your company is involved in such an such work, this is how I can contribute to the program. It would show your seriousness towards your work and put in good light with the interviewer.
Never Ask: What can you tell me about the salary and other benefits?
Never put up this question with your employer in the first interview that you have. Keep it all about your skills, the job profile, get a clear picture on what is required of you or telling your employer of some non-negotiable points of yours like you can't come before this time in or if you can't stay late in the evenings. But make sure to state relevant reasons for your conditions. You shouldn't appear rude while asking for such things. If your requests are genuine and affordable the employers will surely consider them, provided you clear their requirements of a potential candidate.
If you raise the question about salary and other benefits it make you appear in a bad light in front of the employer. Especially, since it's your first job and your are a fresh out of college grad. You hardly have any experience and the chances are company will have to invest in various resources to train you. Questions about salary make it appear as if you are interested in the position only for the money. Which, surely is true but your employer need not know that.
Never Say: I don’t see myself working here for more than two years
A lot of employers in today's time put up questions like, 'where do you see yourself in the two years' time.' Never in any scenario answer the question with, ' I don't see myself working here after two years.' Do this and you chances at job are straight away scraped. And there is no one to blame for that but you yourself. It's like cutting the very branch that you are seated upon.
As a fresher it is expected that you would jump jobs within the period of two years, the more exposure you can get in your early years the better. But never mention it your employer. Imagine, he is thinking about hiring you, he will invest time in you, since you are fresh out of college your skill set isn't that experienced and once you are all trained you will just ditch him, so why would he invest all that energy and time in you.
What kind of skills are you looking to leverage in this position?
This question is very much like the first one. If you aren't aware of the skill set required for this job, then what are you doing sitting in the interview. It is expected of you that if you are sitting in a room with interviewer for a job you'd have some basic understanding of the work you'd be required to do. Moreover, most employers release a job description when posting job openings on any platform. And raising such a questionmeans that you haven't even read the job description. Any credibility that your candidature had before would go down the drain the moment that you raise this question. You are however encouraged to ask specific targeted questions should you have felt that the job description was a little vague. For example - if you are applying for the position of content writer, you can ask for the what subjects you'd be writing on, how many articles are you required to produce everyday and so on.
I don’t have any questions
At the end of your interview, you'll see that most employers will enquire if you have any questions for them. Never answer, 'that you don't have any.' Employers expect you to put up questions, they encourage you to do so. It helps them understand how much you have understood about your role in the company and other such things. It is beneficial for both you and the employer.
Also, don't wait till the end of the interview to raise question fearing that you might not have any at the time. You should maintain the interview as a two-way conversation process. It showcase your interest, curiosity for your role and position in the workplace and also your learning skills.
Hope these pointers will help you prepare yourself better for your next interview. Good Luck For future endeavors. For more such informative articles about college life and every day struggles of college students, visit www.jagranjosh.com/college. Please share this article among your friend and fellow classmates to help them be prepared for the upcoming placement season at your college campus. You can also get such interesting tips and tricks to ace your first job interview directly in your inbox, by subscribing to our newsletter through the form given below.