When interviewing fresh graduates, what traits interviewer look for?

Fresh graduates always want a job or career. In today’s world, most recent graduates attend numerous campus recruitment drives and return empty-handed and dejected. There are many known reasons for being attributed. But before coming to any conclusion, we should understand what traits they are looking for in their likely employees. 

Before even going into the details of the technical skills they possess, 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 

Jobs that are process-driven or repetitive in nature are classified as “operational jobs.” These jobs are trainable by nature and have detailed information on what to do and how to do it. 

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 we are on the job, we may have to use our brains to do the jobs. 

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

Operational Jobs: As mentioned above, these jobs are typically repeatable and trainable. 

1. Good grades in education Companies look at good grades in education, but it is unlikely that they will use this in their job

But indirectly, the good scores are indicating the candidate is responsible, and he understood that 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, they may think they are taking a big risk. Some people may argue that if we are good at coding and companies require coding, why can’t they hire us? Yes, your argument is correct. That means you did only what you felt was necessary to get a job and not what was required in terms of education. Most companies want you to do what they want, not what you like. So you have shown them indirectly that I work the way I feel is best for me and not the way it is supposed to be done. 

In college, you are supposed to study all the subjects and improve your overall competency in engineering, not just one or a few subjects you like. Because your job requires you to do things that are not entirely comfortable for you.

2. Sincerity and Seriousness 

In many of the interviews, I have seen fresh graduates walk to the selection process casually, as if they were going to meet their best friend in a coffee shop. Since the company’s HR teams and others who came for the selection process may not officially mention these things to the candidate, they can most likely reject them after talking to them for the sake of talking. They understand you as a person who does not understand the difference between home and office. In the 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 it a bit uncomfortable. Similarly, if someone is not dressed for the occasion, especially something like a career, you are openly telling them, “I am careless; be careful before you hire me.” 

If your attitude towards the selection process was like this before even being hired, they could easily judge how it would be once you got the job. 

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

3. Willingness to Be Trained and Learn 

The other key element that companies look for is the ability to get trained or learn. A candidate needs to have a listening capacity to get trained or learn in the technologies or areas the company wants him or her to work in. 

An assessment of the candidate’s ability to get trained is the key criterion for operational jobs. 

For non-operational jobs to be continued in Part 2 of the blog.

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