When interviewing fresh graduates, what traits interviewer look for?

Fresh graduates always want a job / career. In today’s world most of the fresh graduates are attending lot of campus drives and come back empty handed and dejected. We may attribute many reasons known to us. But before coming to any conclusion we should understand what traits they are looking for in their probably employees.

Before even going into the details of the technical skills they posses, companies would like to know more about attitude. The attitude of a candidate plays a major role and is visible during the selection process.

Jobs can be classified into two types. They can be further subdivided into many but at a broader level for this discussion we will divide them into two categories.

Operational Jobs – The jobs that are either process driven or very repetitive in nature. Operational Jobs are trainable in nature has detailed information on what to do and how to do ?

Non Operational Jobs – These jobs typically require the job candidate to think and do many things. Companies can give training on the broader aspects but once in the job we may have to use our brain to do the jobs.

So the traits companies look for during the interview typically change based on the job type.

For Operational Jobs – As mentioned above these jobs are typically repeatable and trainable.

1. Good Scores in Education: Companies look at good scores here not that they will use this in their job. But indirectly the good scores are indicating the candidate is responsible and he understood during college time he has to study and score marks and he did it.

Good Scores may not be of any use to the companies, but if you do not have good scores, companies may think they are taking a big risk. Some people may argue that we are good at coding and companies require coding why cant they take us. Yes your argument is correct. That means you did only what you felt is good to get a job and not what is required to do in the education. Most of the companies want you to do what they want and not what you like. So you have shown indirectly to them that I work the way I feel is better for me and not the way it is to be done.

In the college you are supposed to study all the subjects and improve your overall competency in Engineering and not only one subject or few subject you like. Because in job you must do thing which are not quite comfortable for you.

2. Sincerity and Seriousness: In many of the interviews I have seen fresh graduates walking to the selection process casually as if they are going to meet their best friend in a coffee shop. Since the company HR teams and others who came for the selection process may not officially mention about these things to the candidate but they can in most probably reject after talking to them for the sake of talking. They understand you are a person who do not understand the difference between home and office. In office everything is bound by legal documents, hence companies expect their employees to be very serious.
If you go to a restaurant and order a meal for 100 Rupees, and you find a person who is not really dressed neatly to serve you, you find bit uncomfortable. Similarly if someone is not dressed to the occasion especially something like a career, you are openly telling them I am careless, be careful before you hire me.

If your attitude to the selection process was like this before even hiring, they can easily judge how it will be once you get the job.

The common norm is you can be extremely casual in your dressing but impeccably serious about your work. But this is possible only after you work and not before working.

3. Attitude to Get Trained and Learn
The other key element companies look for is ability to get trained or learn. A candidate needs to have listening capacity to get trained or learn in the technologies or areas the company wants him/her to work.

An assessment of the candidate ability to get trained is the key criteria for Operational Jobs.

For Non Operational Jobs to be Continued in Part 2 of the Blog

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