Preparing for an entry level interview
Your first entry-level interview can be a very nerve-wrecking and a strenuous one., hence it is better to prepare for it so you can have some idea what to expect. After all it is it is your first opportunity and they say first impression is the last impression. Are you nervous yet? These pointers may help you calm your nerves.
Why do you want to work with us?
Congratulations! You have been called in for an interview. What’s next? RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! Find out as much as you can about the organisation. organization. applying on the basis of the job title and the job description is not good enough. Always remember that organisations, organizations, in an entry level position interview where you are not always expected to have professional experience, are looking for a good cultural fit and an ability to relate to the organisation. organization. than technical skills. Technical skills can be taught over time, however if the candidate and the organisation organization align, the interview outcome might not be successful. Based on those facts, you might be asked why you applied for a job with the organisation organization what is it that appeals you the most? If you are aware of the organizations mission, it’s objective, it’s current and future projects and the opportunities it poses to you, you will be able to answer the question well.
I cannot be more straightforward. You might be discounted on having perfect industry knowledge and prior work experience but do not be mistaken on an organizations expectation of you being professional. Dress professional; if in doubt about what to wear, smart casual for example a business shirt, suit and shoes will never let you down. Act professional and maintain a professional body language; do not slouch while sitting, lift your feet while walking and don’t bite your nails no matter how nervous you are. Be prepared with an elevator speech. An elevator speech is a brief summary of who you are. For an entry-level interview, you should mention why you’re interested in a particular career field and how your previous experience or education has prepared you.
Volunteer work? Great. Internship? Even better!
Having done volunteer work and internship is like having a simulator experience. When you set yourself on internships you are in a win win situation. Not only do you experience working in a professional environment for the first time, you also learn the nitty gritty of communication, working with other professionals, and behaviour behavior expectations in a professional environment. It’s like a dress rehearsal before performing in front of the audience. Furthermore, since entry-level candidates don’t have as much work experience as more senior professionals, it’s good to be able to discuss about any projects undertaken during the internship and your experience working in a particular team.
Be prepared to answer behavior based questions. These are used to determine your soft skills like communication and teamwork. Some companies have a set questionnaire which tests your communication, interpersonal skills, IQ and Emotional Intelligence. Take these tests seriously. Some of these tests do not have right or wrong answer but based on the answers you give, it’s funnels you in a particular group.
In particular, you may be asked to reflect upon a challenging situation you were in and how you managed to overcome the challenge. You may be asked if you have ever failed at something and how did you go about accepting the failure and rectifying the issue. These answers give interviewers tonnes of information.
You may want to ask the interviewer why she enjoys working at the organization. You could also ask things about the actual position that may not have been answered during the interview.