Job interviews are a necessary and daunting part of the recruitment process, and interviews can be particularly frightening when you are applying for graduate jobs for the first time. They give employers the chance to understand you on a more personal level and to better understand your suitability for the job. But what things other than a positive attitude are interviewers looking for?
Somebody who asks questions
There is always a moment in every job interview when the potential candidate is asked if they have any questions. At this point, it is really important not to be silent. Asking questions demonstrates that you are interested. Asking questions indicates that you will be hungry to learn on the job and consequently be a valuable asset within the workplace. And of course, asking questions will also enable you and the interviewer to better understand if you are a good fit for the job.
But ask the right questions
Yes, it is important to ask questions at your interview, but some questions are simply better than others. Always make sure that your questions are relevant to work. Asking about vacation packages will make it seem like you are more excited to be away from the office than inside it, and that is not the impression that you want to make on your interviewer.
Don’t ask for the job until the interview is over
You cannot possibly know that you want the job until the interview is over as you will not have a full understanding of everything the job entails before that point. Do not jump the gun and say that you definitely want the job until you reach the end of the interview, or even wait until you are home and have some time to think about how it went. Once you know all of the details, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether you want the interview to lead into your first job or not.
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