Student’s First Job: How to avoid the most common mistakes

by Radhe Gupta

Consider the advice listed below when you are a student and desire to get an excellent student job offer. Before you go for an interview, ask yourself if you have taken everything into account. After all, an interview is not about a meeting, and it is not about employment; it is about self-organization, motivation, and loyalty. Don’t make the most common mistakes, and you will get an attractive job offer soon.

Mistake #1: A negative first impression.

Usually, a first impression is formed on the basis of two factors – the punctuality of the candidate and his appearance. The recruiter’s working day is scheduled every minute, so do not come 30-40 minutes before the interview. Even if you arrive earlier, do not rush to call and announce your presence or ask to meet earlier – drink coffee, calm down, do something useful and wait for your appointed time. The appearance should match the position you are applying for. Even if you do not know about the current dress code in the company, it is important to understand the appropriateness of a particular style for a vacant position.

Mistake #2: Strange emotions.

There are extremes in the interview: from excitement and modesty to talkativeness, indifference, and arrogance. Forget about these emotions if you want to get a job. What you are worried about is clear – an experienced recruiter will see this and help and support you. Try to concentrate and structure your thoughts before the interview. Modesty in the interview is also inappropriate. Feel free and be confident – if necessary, train these traits of your character. There are standard questions about your strengths and weaknesses – you need to know the answers. It is frustrating to be indifferent during an interview. 

Mistake #3: The information in the resume is only partially true.

We often see a good resume and a solid experience of the candidate. But during the interview, it seems that the CV is about someone else. Be as honest as possible about your experience and skills. Do not specify what was not performed, specify your role, do not overestimate the level of foreign languages or knowledge of programming languages.

Mistake #4: Inappropriate questions or their absence.

“Where is the previous employee who was working in this position?”, “Can you tell me more about your company?” (especially, if the company is popular in the market). A recruiter might think that you are irresponsible, unsuitable for the position, and not ready. So recruiter will turn you down as a candidate.

Improve your skills, attend different workshops, seminars, and courses because they are a great source of knowledge to you as a candidate, and you will find your job.

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