Questions they ask when you
interview for a job right after college
Interviewing for your first job is a special event. You don't have much work
experience to speak of, except perhaps for projects or assignments you did as
part of your curriculum, or outside work you might have undertaken to support
The kind of questions you get asked are somewhat different from the ones they
ask someone who has a few years of work experience under their belt. Here are
some common questions. Think carefully about each and prepare draft answers. Do
not memorize answers, though.
Take the time to develop well-thought-out answers to these questions. Discuss
your responses with someone you trust. Tailor your answers to the company you're
applying to. And you'll be well-equipped to face job interviews after college!
- Tell me about yourself. (This is an all-time favorite often used at the start of
- What are your interests? What do you spend time on outside your studies? (In
other words, what are your extracurricular activities?)
- Have you done any internship or do you have any type of experience that prepares
you for this job?
- You're making a transition from college to the workplace. How do you propose to
- What has been your most rewarding experience while in college?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is the biggest strength or asset you bring to the table? How does it relate
to this job?
- Do you plan to go on to graduate school? Do you plan to work simultaneously? How
will you handle both?
- How has your college experience prepared you for a career in this company /
- Why should I hire you?
Explore this site -- you'll find several articles of direct use to you. Start at this
page which has some
answers to tough questions at interviews.
Discover the tricks to answering all interview questions.
Like to think a little out-of-the-box? Here's an idea -- consider doing work on a freelance basis, either part-time or full-time. There are actually large numbers of people who work from the comfort of their homes. And very profitably too. But you do face one big problem -- connecting with companies who have work to offer.
Here's an excellent site that's organized to help you find freelance work. We've always found them to be a useful source for work-at-home jobs. They offer a trial membership for as little as $2.95; and you get access to hundreds of jobs. Check them out now -- you may be surprised at what you can turn up.
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