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What to Know on an Interview
- Can you do the job?
- Do you have a good work attitude? How motivated, team oriented, and conscientious an employee you will be.
- How interested are you in this kind of work? recruiters can get an idea of your interest in a field by how focused your career plans are. Good indicators are how your summer and part-time job experience relate to your career plans.
- Will you fit into the company? Determined by a combination of your manner, background, and appearance. Questions a recruiter might ask to decide your fit: What kinds of people do you feel comfortable with? What kind of environment do you work best in?
- Do you really want to work for this company? One of the biggest turn-offs for recruiters is students who aren't sure why they want to work for their company.
- Decent Grades
Recruiters often use G.P.A. criterion as a way of screening out less desirable job candidates. To some, good grades indicate that the applicant is motivated and goal-oriented.
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
The ability to communicate effectively with others and get along with a variety of different types of personalities are two of the most desirable qualities in job candidates, according to recruiters and employers.
It's not enough just to have the right qualifications. An employer nees to know that you are willing to give 100 percent to your job. Interviewers are impressed by candidates who are alert, responsive, and energetic.
Employers need to know that the people they hire can expand and change as their companies do. Applicants who are receptive to new ideas and concepts are highly valued by employers.
Even in entry-level positions most employers look for evidence of leadership qualities. Successful companies need self-starters who are not afraid to take responsibility for doing the best job possible.
- A High Energy Level
A job candidate's willingness to work hard matters a great deal. Employers want to know that you are committed to devoting the prime hours of your day to the job.
An illusive quality that employers almost always mention in connection with
first job hires, maturity essentially means knowing how to handle yourself in a business situation. Misplaced humorous remarks, giggling at inappropriate moments or being indiscreet about company information are tell-tale signs of immaturity.
- Ambition and motivation
- Related work experience
- Creativity and intelligence
- Teamwork capabilities
- Good Personality (outgoing)
- Initiative & responsiblility
- Job "fit"
- Specific courses
- Leadership ability
- Ability to communicate
- Work habits
- Positive attitude
- Clarity of goals
- Poor personal appearance
- "Know it all" attitude
- Inability to express oneself clearly - poor voice, diction, grammar
- Lack of planning for career - no purpose and goals
- Lack of interest and enthusiasm - passive and indifferent
- Lack of confidence and poise -nervousness, ill-at-ease
- Overemphasis on money
- Poor scholastic record
- Unwilling to start at the bottom
- Making excuses -evasiveness- hedging on unfavorable factors in record
- Lack of tact
- Lack of courtesy -ill mannered
- Condemnation of past employers
- Lack of vitality
- Failing to look interviewer in the eye
- Limp, fishy handshake
- A professional attitude and appearance.
- An indication that you know about the organization
- A clear idea of what you want to do
- The ability to "sell yourself" and your ability to do the job.