How to Get Started for a Fresher's Job Interview?

One of the questions most college pass outs probably have is “how to get a job” or “how to look for a job”. In this modern age, corporates expect you to know all the basics of interview etiquette. You have to charm your way in since there are thousands of freshers competing for the same spot. 

Before jumping onto the interview phase, make sure you have an attractive resume and cover letter depending on the position. Know the perfect format of resume recommended by the industry experts for freshers.

As a fresher, you always think of answering the interview questions accurately. But you forget the things that are necessary to ace an interview. Spontaneous thinking, a positive attitude, being a team player, listening skills and even your emotional intelligence plays a vital role in your selection process.

To help you pave the way, here are the most helpful interview tips:

Make sure to be punctual on the interview day

Punctuality is the key. Being on time can create a good impression as a fresher. You can gain some brownie points in front of the interviewer. It is one of the deciding factors. Being on time can also save you some time to calm yourself and answer the questions accurately. Here are some tips:

  • Put your things in place one night before the interview, including clothes, shoes, resume and other pdfs.
  • Charge your phone and sign off on your social media accounts to avoid distractions.
  • If the interview is offline, figure out the route to the interview venue and the time it will take to reach there. Start from your home keeping a cushion of at least half an hour. If the interview is online, make sure to log in prior 15 mins. Add your interview date and time in any calendar app and set an alert for 1 hour before the meeting, so you are notified.

Try to look your best at the interview

Think you are on a date. But you have to impress your recruiter at any cost. So dress to impress. Your appearance should indicate that you considered the interview seriously. Do not try to turn up in the interview in a manner that does not suit you. Well-groomed hair, polished shoes and well-pressed formals can work wonders in your favor.

Maintain good body language

How you behave is equally important to what you say during the interview. Your body language during the interview gives the interviewer an overview of your overall character and attitude. Be mindful of maintaining positive body language. Confidence can play a vital role to maintain a good posture. 

Here are some quick, simple and effective body language tips to follow during the interview:

  • Make eye contact.
  • Shake hands confidently.
  • Sit straight and maintain a graceful posture throughout.
  • Smile and nod whenever required.
  • Use your hand as you talk.

Research about the company

Freshers must research the company before the job interview. Not knowing the company is one of the biggest turn-offs for hiring managers. Interviewers often ask their candidates what they know about the company to get rid of underprepared people. Knowledge of the company’s products and services, competitors, challenges, future objectives and growth history is recommended. Make sure you are ready to,

  • Show enthusiasm about the opportunity presented by the employer.
  • Demonstrate how your knowledge, skills and values align with the company.

Always get prepared for interview questions such as: 

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Convey your intent of sticking with the company for a couple of years.

Demonstrate your soft skills

Strong communication skill is a game-changer. Today, almost every job description says that a candidate needs to have strong communication skills. Whether written or verbal, effective communication skills are a must. Here are a few quick tips to follow:

  • Pay close attention to the interviewer.
  • Reflect carefully on your answers before you speak.
  • Avoid using informal language. 
  • Avoid giving single-word answers, but keep your answers crisp and short.
  • Finally, ask questions.

Always ask questions to the interviewer

At the end of the interview, the hiring manager will usually ask you “Do you have any questions?”. This is the perfect opportunity to highlight yourself in front of them.

Here are some questions you can consider asking:

  • What does a typical day for the person in this profile look like?
  • Does the job role require one to travel? If yes, how frequently?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?


Numerous candidates are trying for the same spot as you are. It will take time for the hiring manager to get back to you. Following up via email will help you stay on top of their minds. This is very advantageous and you might end up grabbing the opportunity.

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