Interview, the first step towards your professional career, often comes as a nightmare for fresh graduates. One instance you are all happy on getting your job application getting approved and the next moment you start thinking about how you will make it through the interview phase. Here are some essential tips for fresh accounting graduates to ace their first job interview.
Strengthen Your Industry Knowledge
It is essential for you to keep yourself updated with the latest practices and trends happening in the industry. Revise and review the fundamental terms and jargons of the industry to able to speak the language of accounting.
Conduct your research on the industry, as well as get an insight into the basic knowledge about the company as well as the job role. Also, seek an insight into the guiding philosophy of the industry as well as the firm and make sure that you have a sufficient acumen about the specific business streams.
Interviews for an entry level accounting role primarily revolve around your strengths and grasp over the industry. This extensive knowledge will add a dab of maturity and professionalism to your persona and increase your chances of landing the job.
Base Your Claims on Evidence
There will be a number of questions related to your key strengths, experience, and capabilities. Rather than exaggerating on what you are capable of doing, stick to a true and realistic account of your core competencies and base all your claims on evidence, in terms of an award, experience, or certifications. This will increase the credibility and authenticity of your answers and will create an impression of you as a suitable candidate for the role.
Request for Elaborations
During the course of the interview, you will come across certain questions that you might not understand in the first place. In such case, it is essential that you politely request for a clarification.
The gesture won’t go against the impression that you are trying to create. Rather, it will make you look confident and enhance the credibility of your answers and statements.
Contribute Your Two Cents
Do not let the interview turn into half an hour of robotic question and answers. Weigh your statements in mind before letting them out of your mouth. Be honest and true and take an enthusiastic part in the conversation.
The panel of interviewers usually offers you to ask questions at the end of the interview. Avail the opportunity to show your interest and enthusiasm and put forward your queries related to the job role or the company in a clear, concise and apt manner.
Carry a Positive Aura
Accounting and finance are often perceived as dull and humdrum domains of signs and digits. However, you do not have to reflect it in your personality. Ensure that you have a good night’s sleep and wake up fresh, all set to conquer the day. Remember that your vibes make your first impression, even before you introduce yourself.
It is a general observation that candidates with a pleasant personality have a high likeliness for getting hired. Make sure that you emit positivity to leave a pleasant impression on the interview panel.