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5 Ways to Survive Your First Job Interview



Really, a lot of students do not consider it necessary to begin to plan now for their career path. Getting information and attending career talks, seminars and workshops will help you get prepared ahead of your peers to brand and market yourself professionally for employment. Getting a first job can be most times quite tasking. You find ... Continue Reading

Really, a lot of students do not consider it necessary to begin to plan now for their career path. Getting information and attending career talks, seminars and workshops will help you get prepared ahead of your peers to brand and market yourself professionally for employment.

Getting a first job can be most times quite tasking. You find yourself getting caught up in impasses that increase your anxiety by the second. The fear of disappointment and doubt about what kinds of questions the interviewer will ask do not help either.

Every employee today will tell you that he or she was certainly very nervous before his or her first job interview, but one thing life should teach you is to face your fears by confronting them.You may be a student now, or perhaps an intern getting some preliminary working experience.

One thing is for sure, so many of us will get frightened and confused at that first job interview call, and it’s understandable.The first time your résumé is accepted will most often be marked with anxiety and fear of disappointment but you can survive you first job interview in a number of ways:

Ways to Survive Your First Job Interview

Ways to Survive Your First Job Interview

1.  Face your fear by confronting it:

You need to be confident in your skills and abilities if you have put in a lot of your time and energy to acquire them. You need determination just as you would when confronting any other new situation.

In Nigeria and I’m sure it’s a similar situation in many other parts of the world, it’s difficult to get jobs without any preliminary experience and proper qualifications. While your preliminary experience may not be adequate for you first job interview and application, your confidence will speak out loud your abilities to your interviewer.

2.  Act out the job interview scenario:

Set up a role play scenario where a friend or anyone you know with some job experience can play the role of the job interviewer. You both should play along.

You can act it out in a room: how you would take a seat and other gestures, all while maintaining a professional outlook. Make it as impressive as you would in the real life scenario.

When asked why you are the best of the candidates, which is a common question, asked in job interviews, some simply say that they would do whatever was asked of them by the employer. That’s not really a great response for many reasons such as the fact that you make yourself appear passive.

Here’s a recommended article that will help you learn to give the right answers to job interview questions:

Recommended Article: 5 Major Job Interview Questions and How You Can Answer Them

Ways to Survive Your First Job Interview

3. Be as specific and precise as possible:

An important key to impressing your interviewer in most job interviews is to be specific. Play to your individual strengths and ensure you highlight your unique features because you are there to market yourself.

Ensure that you are offering something new. Is there anything different that you could bring to the table? It’s really important to really think your answers through beforehand (or at least before speaking out loud too the panel of interviewers) and be as specific as possible.

4.  Give thorough answers and avoid giving incomplete responses:

If you refer to your management skills as your specific edge, while it’s a good one, it’s not a complete answer. While making such comments you must never simply stop there.You should be ready to further elaborate or else the follow-up question will ask you to do the same.

“How did you acquire these skills?” That’s probably going to be the next question.This doesn’t mean that you should tell a longwinded story of your life, it only requires you to provide a decent package in an answer including concrete examples of occasions when you’ve used certain skills or shown certain qualities. That’s how you make yourself stand out.

5.  Channel your passions when providing answers to interview questions:

How can you provide a complete answer? Certainly, without any relevant work experience as is usually the case of a fresh graduate, it is hard to give examples. But take some time to reflect on the strengths you have that helped you in your academic pursuit.

You can give instances about group projects you were a part of and relate some of the roles you played and responsibilities you handled to the strengths you are portraying as your unique edge.

Even though everyone has a unique set of skills, it is the  presentation of these skills that matters the most during a job interview. You might have all the relevant experience and skills you could wish for – but if you’re not able to present these to the job interviewer, you’ll definitely fail.

Good luck nailing your first job interview.

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