Students often take up core engineering, but when it comes to taking up their first job, they often listen to their peers and parents and end up taking IT jobs. However, if your passion is core engineering, a job in the IT industry is very likely to leave you frustrated after a few years and, by that time, you’ll never be able to change course and do something else.
Having said that, students often get nervous during their first core job interview and miss their chance of landing a dream job. Getting nervous for your first job interview is perfectly human, but it is best to ensure that you are well-prepared for your interview.
Here are some tips that will help you ace your first core job interview.
Brush up your concepts
If there is one thing that you should do before your interview, then it is to get your basics clear. The interviewer would want to know your grasp on the basic concepts as it gives them the impression that if you’re good with the basics, you are more likely to be good with complex concepts too. Hence, make sure you revise the basics and are well-prepared to face the interview.
Work on your communication skills
Your core job may require you to meet and present your ideas to a lot of people. Good communication skills ensure that you can get your point across calmly and clearly. Hence, employers look for candidates who can communicate effectively. While interviewing for core jobs, you don’t need to use any jargon; however, make sure that you are confident and clear in what you say. Don’t blabber; try to be simple, yet fluent in your vocabulary.
Engineers are logical thinkers who view the world through a rational lens. A big part of an engineer’s job entails solving problems using logic and analytical skills. Interviewers always hire candidates who are capable of identifying a problem and come up with solutions. Hence, you need to be a strong analytical thinker capable of giving logical solutions to a wide variety of problems. Additionally, make sure that whatever you do or present during the interview is backed by logic.
Choose a company after evaluating
Interviews are a two-way street. Surely, it depends upon the interviewer to shortlist you, but you can always shortlist a company you would like to work with. Be ambitious about the type of work you’d want to do once you get the job. If you are not convinced with the work they do, you’ll not be motivated enough to work hard. Always pick a company only after you are completely sure about it.
Lastly, you will always find people who keep complaining about their job, both in IT and in core. Do remember that the grass is always greener on the other side. Besides, it is often easy to lose yourself in the constant noise from people around you, but you should always listen to your heart. At the end of the day, your job satisfaction is all that matters.