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Tips for candidates new to the interviewing process

Asked Lakeland, Florida

What are some tips or pointers for people who are looking for their first jobs(s).
How do I stand out while having no experience or professional qualifications?
#interviews #interview #interviewing-skills #professionalism #new-hires #

15 answers

Tom’s Answer

Updated Highland Charter Township, Michigan

Go into the interview with the right mindset: Be yourself, be genuine. Don’t worry, don’t overthink it. Being nervous is NORMAL. Know that the person conducting the interview may be just as nervous as YOU are. Know a little bit about the company (google them!). Tell them that your lack of experience is a GOOD thing; you’ll have no bad habits to break during training. Ask what happened to the person who did the job previously (why is there a job opening?). If you think that you ‘click’ with the job and the interviewer, and are interested in the job, be sure to ASK for the job. Tell them (joke) that you’ll be happy to call and CANCEL all of the remaining interviews!

Rebecca’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida

Hi Ariana,

The tips I have for interviewing is to allow plenty of time to prepare. Ensure that you review the job description thoroughly before the interview and come up with specific example of your own experience and how it relates to the job you are interviewing for. Ensure to research the company before hand and have knowledge of what the company does and how you will fit into the company culture. Ensure to practice popular interview questions beforehand to get more comfortable answering questions. Come with several questions already in mind for the interviewer, this will show that you are interested enough in the position to want to know more about the company or the individual that is interviewing you.

Hope this helps :)

Mikal’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

I have found that in interviews, it is often the little things that can help to set you apart.  Aside from being interested in the position, one of the best things that I can recommend is to show interest in the position, the job, or the company that you are interviewing with.  Employers want to hire people that are engaging and show an interest or passion in the role that they are filling, so the more you do your homework, the better off you will be.  You should have a couple good questions ready to go when the interviewer asks you if you have anything to ask them.

I would also like to add that you should always send a thank you!  Even if it is just a courtesy email afterwards, a thank you note goes a long way to keeping you in the interviewer's mind and hopefully setting you apart from other candidates that may be competing for the same opportunity.

Poonam’s Answer

Updated Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Here are the best interview tips for freshers:

1. DO NOT FAKE IN YOUR RESUME:

Lying can backfire on you! The individual sitting before you has adequate experience of interviews and can without much of a stretch know when you are faking it. So, keep it genuine and just write in your CV, what you have really accomplished. Else, more often than not, you would be in a soup.

2. TAKE IT EASY:

More than whatever else, the anxiety hampers most interviews. Just before going into the interview room, take a couple of deep breaths and unwind your nerves. It for sure, makes a difference!

3. BE CONFIDENT:


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Alyssa’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida

Hi!

Going into an interview can be intimidating, but if you go in there prepared and confident you will be in a much better mindset. I would say the most important things to keep in mind are: be genuine, be confident, do research on the company AND the position you're applying for, have your elevator speech prepared (a brief explanation of who you are and what you want to do), dress professionally, be polite, and ask questions at the end. As much as you want an employer to think you're right for a job, its equally important that the job is also right for you.

It also doesn't hurt to review standard interview questions and practice with a friend or family member. Here's an example article of a list of typical interview questions for you to look over: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/top-interview-questions-and-answers

Good luck with everything!

Carole’s Answer

Updated Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Hi Ariana:

Although your resume may get you a job interview, you still must prepare yourself further. It is important to show yourself in a very positive way from other candidates for the same position. A good way to do this is to sit down and write out the good points for why you think you would be good for this job even without experience, or qualifications. Look at some of the thing that you have done before this first job:1. Did you excel in school in math, English or did you get any kind of certification? 2. Did you volunteer in a job or have done something in a class that you normally don't do( for instance teach something to someone?); 3. Are you playing a sport, work on a newspaper for a school or club?; in a political group or another group? Do you hold an office in a club maybe secretary at school or in a group? These questions are important because they can enable you to emphasize your stronger points and leave a positive impression in the interviews mind. All of these question are important for you to think about and because many candidates will have experience in a job and you have to sell yourself with all that you have done and are doing. As you explain these to the interviewer about what you have done, you also have to be able to show them that you are reliable, interested to learn more, especially if they have on job training, and your relate well with the public and enjoy communicating with people and are a team player. Think about your initiatives and accomplishments and if possible offer examples in which you have delivered more than what was expected. Making a list of some of your qualifications you can get an idea how they would help you to know yourself better and be ready to show your best skills. I wish you the best in your interviewing process. Please follow the suggestions made and get the book that was suggested either at library or amazon or book store. I really think it might help you!! Best of Luck!! Please let me know if you need any more information.


Carole recommends the following next steps:

  • Before you even get to the interview you should dress for success and appropriately, and bring a professional and positive image with you. Also, have a couple of extra copies of your resume and a list of a few reference on a separate page.
  • the book entitled "the 250 job interview questions is a book that I have used often for myself and others. It will give you ideas and alleviate some nervousness, and help you show your best self. If you practice answering some questions with another person and research the company you are interviewing with, you will help yourself feel better about who you are and show a positive YOU!

Mark’s Answer

Updated Monument, Colorado

When you are new to the interview process and looking at companies, roles and cultures research will be key. I would encourage you to do research on the industries you may have interest in as well as the roles, their key responsibilities and minimum qualifications. I would also encourage you to build / start a professional profile on LinkedIn.com. You can use LinkedIn to learn about companies and roles you may be interested in today and in the future. Using this site is a great way to start building your network your own professional brand. I would also encourage you to reach out to professionals and set time with them on a call or in person to learn what they do if you are interested in a role they are currently in. Above all have fun with the process and don't be afraid to fail.

Rachel’s Answer

Updated Scottsdale, Arizona

First thing is to be yourself. Most companies make efforts to fill positions with people who are qualified, but also a good fit for the team. By remaining true to yourself you will raise the chance of being hired into a team that is a good fit for you and the hiring company. Second, be prepared. Have a couple of ideas and situational examples of challenges you have overcome and success stories. Good luck!

Jessica’s Answer

Updated Carrollton, Texas

Experience isn’t always everything. I think the best thing to do is research the job you are interviewing for and think of questions to ask the interviewer that will help you better understand if that job is the one for you. This will also show the interviewing your interest and set you apart from other candidates. My other piece of advice would be to practice! Run through practice interview questions with your family or friends and make sure you are comfortable answering a variety of interview questions. There are an array of interview prep tools online as well.

Drew’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

Your biggest asset as someone who is new to the job market is your potential for growth. Help the individual you are interviewing with understand who you are, why you are interested in the position, and how you intend to help the business grow and improve. Make sure to ask any questions you might have and don't be afraid to ask for details. As a hiring manager, I'm most interested in seeing that candidates are engaged and motivated.

Tom’s Answer

Updated Highland Charter Township, Michigan
Go into the interview with the right mindset: Be yourself, be genuine. Don’t worry, don’t overthink it. Being nervous is NORMAL. Know that the person conducting the interview may be just as nervous as YOU are. Know a little bit about the company (google them!). Tell them that your lack of experience is a GOOD thing; you’ll have no bad habits to break during training. Ask what happened to the person who did the job previously (why is there a job opening?). If you think that you ‘click’ with the job and the interviewer, and are interested in the job, be sure to ASK for the job. Tell them (joke) that you’ll be happy to call and CANCEL all of the remaining interviews!

John’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Hi, Ariana,


Be positive and confident during the interview. Make sure that you can relate your answers directly to the job and/or company. If this is your first job, let the employer know that you are dependable, teachable, and a team player. A great attitude and the soft skills that I mentioned above will go a long way. When I hired employees, these were the skills that I was looking for. Good luck!

Kathleen_gladden@fanniemae.com’s Answer

Updated McKinney, Texas

Be prepared and breathe. Do your research on the company and know your strengths and faults. Be personable and positive

Scott’s Answer

Updated St. Louis, Missouri
Sometimes it isn't always about your experience and qualifications. If you have made it to the interview stage then you are on the right track. Companies are looking for someone that can fit into their culture. Can you be a good part of their team. They can teach you the duties of the position. So the key is to do research on the company before the interview. Look at their social media pages. Use what you find to ask relevant questions. Show interest in the company and relate that to your own experiences. Dress properly, go in with a nice handshake, show confidence, continue eye contact, lean forward a bit, and show engagement. Think to yourself "You got this". Good luck and let me know if you have any further questions.

Lucy’s Answer

Updated Dublin, County Dublin

Be confident! They interviewer should know that you don't have much working experience via your CV. So they probably not looking for someone with experience. Don't let this make you unconfident. I would suggest to get familiar with the projects you did in college or at your spare time. Do some research about the company and the role and find out what they are looking for. Prepare for some general interview questions. Maybe find a someone to do a mock interview with you. I found it's very helpful for me.