Appearing for your first job interview can be quite an overwhelming experience. Mock interviews and the interviews that you appeared for your internships can help you get a feel of the interview process. Most of the students are anxious as to not mess things up. From your attire, to your body language, to your answers to the question posed you want everything to be prefect and error free.
But the process to landing the job starts long before you even appear for the face to face interview with your employer. From your very first response for the acceptance of the interview call to the day of your interview like how you are sitting in the waiting room for one. Even small things matter a lot when applying for a job or appearing for an interview. Therefore, it is important to be careful and cautious of your every step. Here are some tips to help you land your dream job.
It's never a good idea to apply for every job that matches your profile even to the slightest on the job listing forums. Focus on jobs that you are better qualified for. Look through the job description, analyze it and determine whether the work that the company is asking for, is your strength or is it really something that you want to do. Sending out random applications is just a waste of time. Moreover, you'd only get more rejections than interview calls, for employers are neither interested in under qualified nor over qualified candidates.
Even if you are applying for the same job and same position in two to three different organizations it's better not send the same cover letter to every employer. Always tailor your resume and cover letter to match the tone of the job description sent out by the recruiter. When you speak the same language as that of your potential employer it is much easier for both of you to find a common ground to connect on. Some companies also use applicant tracking systems, and the softwares are designed to shortlist applications based on certain keywords. In such a scenario it is always safer to speak the same language as that of your employer.
You might wonder that as a college student looking for first full time job how is this point of any relevance to you? Be assured, it is. Most of you must have gone through different internships during the course of your college and surely not each one them would have been a pleasant experience. At least once you might have come across a senior you detested and hated. But no matter how much you want to let out your anger for your last boss never do so in front of your potential employer. It inculcates a feeling of distrust and gives a wrong impression of your personality to the interviewer. Make this a golden rule in your life, no matter what stage of your professional career you are in.
Never go clueless or without any background information on the organization that you are applying for a job in. 'What do you know about our organization' is a very common question put up by the employers during interviews. And whenever you appear for a interview in any company it is expected that you are interested in working with them and thus, it is expected of you to have some basic info about them. Like what are their major projects, what are their achievements and other such things. Being abreast with the latest news about the company shows your seriousness and genuinity of your interest in working with them.
Make sure that you reach the interview place at least 10-15 minutes before time. It will help you calm down any anxiety or nervousness you might be feeling. Also, you could freshen up and check your looks before you appear before the interviewer. Reaching before time will also help catch a look of the place and the work environment in the office. Moreover, if you show up late, you make your interviewers wait which is unprofessional and also, shows a lack of seriousness and indiscipline on your part.
So, here you are. Some of the most basic yet important tips to ensure that to take the right steps during and after sending out a job application to any organization. Reach on time, make sure you are carrying all the relevant documents, check whether you are looking presentable or not and also, do not forget to polish your shoes. Yes, some interviewers do pay attention to such things also. And all the best for your future applications.
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