Tips from an HR expert for a better job interview experience.
Job interviews can be nerve-racking and the experience can be even worse for fresh graduates. However, there are things they can learn to prepare and impress the interviewer.
We asked Tatiya Chaisatephon, head of talent and organizational development at Smart Axiata, to share some tips for job interviews for fresh graduates.
Could you share with us your top five tips to prepare for a job interview – specifically for those who have freshly graduated?
This takes me back more than 10 years ago when I was a first-time applicant! The first thing is to avoid being nervous during an interview – preparation is key. The better prepared you are, the more confident you are. I value a candidate who has knowledge about the organization and the position they’re applying for. Because the conservation during the interview will revolve mainly around two topics: what you know about the organization and the position itself. It shows both how well you’ve prepared and how much you want that job. Once you know these two topics well, it will completely change the tone of the conversation, because it breaks the ice between you and the interviewer.
The second tip is to listen and then present clearly. Try to listen to the specific questions, and don’t just say what you want to tell them. Why? Because you have to live in the present.
The second links to the third point – that is what I also look for the most – communication. You need to be able to articulate your ideas in a logical manner. When you talk, you need to make sure you are being understood. You need to know when to pause so that you can allow the interviewer to ask you follow-up questions.
Try as much as you can to show passion and show how much you want the job. It shows to us that you are going to commit to the role if you are selected.
The last point might not be a priority to other interviewers, but I think it should not be overlooked how you decide to dress for the interview. Make sure you dress professionally because first impressions always matter.
Here is a link to full interview article with Tatiya Chaisatephon about What Does HR Look for Most in a Candidate?