College graduation is finally over, and you are about to enter the once-a-fantasy-world you have always dreamed, your first workplace, not to mention bombarding a number of job hunting websites, LinkedIn, industry job boards, or other mediums to land you the first ever job.
But let’s not forget you are yet to pass the interview phase. Remember, an interview after the graduation is quite different as compared to the interviews you have given for on-campus jobs or internships. This is a full-time employment, and not a part-time job for only a couple of month’s service. This is the job that will mark your first genuine employment on your resume, and will most likely set the tone of your professional experience for years to come.
As for this blog post we are going to discuss some common, yet major mistakes that young graduates tend to make in their first job interviews.
1. Replying, and not listening to what the interviewer says
At the start of an interview, some interviewers follow the strategy of throwing a 2-minute speech regarding the company profile and other introductory information before providing you the chance to respond. This is the chance you need to capture, take notes and focus on every word they say. In order to show affirmation to the interviewer, some candidates like to respond to everything he/she says. However, this can also make the interviewer feel that you aren’t really listening, rather you just like the sound of your own voice. Also, there is a high chance that by repeated commenting you might miss something crucial the interviewer has just stated.
It’s better to listen closely to everything the interviewer has to say, you can respond if the professional ask you a question or when there is a natural or prolonged pause in the conversation.