An analysis shows that the common reasons for freshers being rejected in an interview are -
1. The fear of interview
2. Poor communication skills
If you have a few years of work experience, and you are reading this article, I am sure you were once a fresher and you surely will remember the questions that were put forward to you in your first interview. You might have hated your interviewer for asking such difficult questions but did you go back and analyze the mistakes you made on that day and correct them?. Definitely most of us as freshers would not have thought of doing this. Freshers these days don’t do it as well. I am not saying if you had corrected those mistakes, you would have got a job in your second interview, but you would have learned some things that you now regret not learning. There is nothing as challenging as landing the first job in your career. When you enter the room to attend your first interview, your hands are trembling, you are filled with anxiety and fear, while you wish your interviewer. But, Stop!!, now let's rewind the clock back to a few hours earlier - what were you doing? Were you worried about what you are going to answer some questions that might be asked in your first interview? Were you worried about how you are going to impress your interviewer in your first attempt? If you are a fresher reading this, following are the 6 frequently asked questions that you should prepare or have the answers to before attending your first interview.
Tell me about yourself
When this question is asked, many candidates tend to talk things about themselves which is already mentioned in their resume. Yes, of course you cannot decipher exactly what the interviewer wants from you, but answering this question in the right way is the first step towards finding out what the interviewer wants from you. Well, I told “right way”, wanna know what's that right way? Alrighty then, talk about your personal interests, say for example, your hobbies, this can draw the attention of your interviewer. While answering this question, some of you might feel tempted to talk about your interests that align with the job, which is a "BAD IDEA". Also, don’t talk too much and don't talk too little. Know when to start and when to stop. Talk about situations where you have done something for the society. Remember, this question is asked to know about interests that go beyond your professional career. This question is all about understanding your mentality, your attitude, your enthusiasm. Actually many might not know this but there are a lot of candidates who screw up this question and ends up being rejected. So if you ask me, this question should be taken seriously.
What is your career goal?
Not having a career goal is like not knowing to swim but wanting to dive into the ocean. Setting career goals and having career fantasies are entirely two different things. Goals are achievable priorities and every goal has only one outcome whereas fantasies are achievable or unreachable dreams that have different outcomes and that is why interviewers ask freshers what is their career goal and not their career fantasy. When this question is put forward to you, your answer should contain both your professional ventures and personal relationships of the future. You should explain your short-term goals that define your path to the long-term goal. Without short-term goals, the path to your long-term goals become dark and gloomy. You cannot have short-term goals that are not related to your long-term goal. Short-term goals are the steps you take to reach the top of the mountain. Some examples of long-term goals include becoming a leader in your project, becoming the CEO of a company etc. If you are not prepared to answer this question, you run the risk of failing on one question that defines how you are going to take up responsibilities inside the company. Also while answering, you should be able make a quick transition from short-term goals to your long-term goal. Your answer should be precisely aligned to the fact as to how you are going to be at the firm or at the given post/role. Most important of all, leave your answer open-ended, because it is very early for a fresher to see himself in 25 Years ahead.
What are your strengths and Weaknesses?
Career goal is something for the future. For the moment,it's all about how committed and hard working you are towards achieving your goals. Either short term or long term, lets look into the steps you take on a daily basis to accomplish your goals. In simple words what are your strengths and weaknesses? Every fresher can expect this question in their interview. Your answer should be somewhere between “not bragging” about yourself and saying that you are terrible at something. Of Course, weakness means you are bad at something and you can be honest about it when this question is asked. But when you talk about your weakness, make sure you also talk about the steps you are taking to turn that weakness into your strength. Emphasizing on your positives is a key aspect when answering this question. It is important that you relate your strengths to the job and the company. See how your strengths can be useful to the company. You can also skip few strengths and weaknesses. Some people have the habit of mentioning their strengths and weaknesses in their resume, for those people, make sure you don’t mention all of them in your resume, because some interviewers ask for strengths and weaknesses that you have not mentioned in your resume. Back up every strength you talk about with instances or situations where you have exhibited that strength.
What makes you think you are a good fit for the company?
Now that you have spoken about your strengths and weaknesses, your next question will be why do you think you are a good fit for the company? For this, Again, emphasize on your strengths. Talk about how confident you are in your abilities and how you can use those abilities to benefit the company. Interviewers will be assessing your emotions here. Talk about how unique you are from the other candidates. Of course, giving an instance of how you put a use to your ability in the past its great and all that, but rather than talking about past, talk about what you will do in the future for the company if they hire you. For any given question, no interviewer is going to listen to you for more than 180 seconds, So make sure your answer is brief and meteoric. By asking this question, the interviewer also wants to test your knowledge about the company, remember that he already knows about your skills and experience from your resume, So, here he wants to apprehend how effectively you can use these skills of yours to contribute to reducing the company’s pain points. Make sure you clearly understand the Job Description before answering this question.
What is your Salary Expectation?
We are almost nearing the end of your interview. Hold your horses !!!, I said “almost”, So there are high chances that this will be the penultimate question. “What is your Salary expectation?”. Expectations indeed disappoint you. But not expecting is as tough as having self-control. Why self-control though? Because you are bound to lose it at some point just like you have very little expectations deep inside your heart. Nobody can be without expectations. Coming to the point now, when the interviewer asks you about your salary expectation, make sure you have a rough number in mind. How do you derive this number? Research and find out as to how many people are getting paid for the job you will be doing.
Do you have any questions for us?
Well, we have finally come to the end of the interview. Now, as a candidate, it’s your turn to ask questions to the interviewer. Though, some candidates think, it is good not to respond to this question. Believe me, if you decide not to ask any questions to the interviewer, not only are you going to miss the last chance to impress your interviewer, it also shows a sign of your lack of interest towards the job and the company. So, how do you decide on what questions to ask? Knowing about the company, its history, its clients etc. can be asked to the interviewer. Remember that, this is your final chance to get a clarity on your roles and responsibilities if you get the job. Also, DO NOT ask questions that have answers on the company’s website. Before you ask these questions, the interviewer assumes that you have done enough research about the company on their website, so he would he like to avoid answering such questions. It is very important that you don’t delve into gossip that you heard about the company through anyone or social media platforms.
Remember how I started this topic by saying fear and bad communication are the major contributing factors to a fresher getting rejected. Fear occurs as a result of not being confident about your answers. When you don’t know much about your own self, surely you’re not going to be confident with your answers. Similarly, when you don’t know the answers or when you are not confident in your answers, you tend to stammer while conveying your answers which creates a bad impression on your communication skills. I am sure you will overcome your fear and prepare answers to the above-mentioned questions and convey them in the right manner.