How to fight the lack of work experience battle in an interview

October 31, 2017

We are looking for someone who is around 22-26 years old with 30 years of experience.


So you’re telling me I have to get experience before I get experience?

 

If you could stop posting “Entry Level” positions that require 3-5 years experience, that’d be great.


While these funny quotes doing the rounds on social media platforms, bring smiles to our faces, these are situations everyone has faced at some point in their job hunting days. You must have applied for a job for which you felt you had the perfect skills and qualifications, but the only reason that you didn’t get through was because of ‘lack of work experience.’


If you are a fresher, you may think that not having enough experience can disqualify you from a lot of job opportunities. However, there are a few ways by which you can fight this ‘no experience’ battle and bag the job that you always wanted -

 

1.     Focus on your strengths & skills


Every expert in his/her field, was at one point, just a beginner. So how did these experts get past the ‘work experience’ hurdle?


By demonstrating their skills and talent in the right way.


You have to convince your recruiter that the skills that you have are more important than experience. If you are able to prove your skills, experience always becomes secondary.


First and foremost you should be able to discern which skills are fit to be showcased for the job in question. For instance, there is no need for you to stress on the fact that you are very good at PR when you are applying for a position of a graphic designer.


Be very clear when you are talking about your skills to showcase your true potential. If you’ve highlighted yourself to be a team player, and the interviewer asks you to elaborate, there could be 2 answers -

A.      I am a team player, I like working together and meeting all deadlines.

B.      I am a team player and ensure that I listen to the opinions of my teammates instead of imposing my decisions on them. I believe everyone should be equally involved within a team and that is how we can bring value to the work we do, and deliver it within time.


It’s quite evident what the correct answer is.  ‘A’ simply states the skill, while ‘B’ explains the skill and will therefore, impress the recruiter.


Remember that the most important goal of any organization when it comes to recruitment is getting good results and that should be your goal too. Your communication must focus on the fact that you are result oriented – be it in your resume , or in person, during the interview.


2.     Educate yourself about the organization


When you have less or no experience on your side, an intelligent way to impress the interviewer is to research and collect as much information as you can about the organization and the employer.


Once you know everything in detail and are confident about the same, you can ask relevant and powerful questions in your interview. The questions may be related to the customer base, market competition, possibilities of growth, any opportunity or issue, etc.


The result – You will have a conversation that is qualitatively better than that of other candidates who have not researched as well about the organisation. This will make you stand out, and will make up for your lack of work experience.


3.     Make good use of whatever you have


Showcase whatever experience you have in a presentable way, and it can impress your recruiter. On interviewfox.com, you have the option of recording a 2 minute audio profile, where you can talk about your skills and talents. You can use that opportunity to impress your recruiters at the very beginning.


If you are a fresher, you may not have any significant work experience, but there are other experiences that count too. For instance, if  you were part of the coordination team of any event at college, jot down the roles and responsibilities that you had, and how you handled it.


In case you have interned somewhere, provide a brief summary about the work that you did.


While these experiences may not exactly be what are wanted, they will demonstrate your thinking and problem solving skills  i.e. the way you think and arrive at a solution for a particular situation, along with how your presentation skills.

 

4.     Have the answer ready


“You do not have any experience. Any reason why we should hire you?”, is a question that you can definitely expect, and therefore, make sure you’re well prepared with the answer. This question is generally asked at the end of the interview, so it is your last chance to convince your interviewer that you are the best suited candidate for the job.


The first thing that you must tell yourself when faced with this question is, to not get tensed. Do not give answers like “I’m facing this problem everywhere, please just give me a chance!” or “If I don’t get the job, I will have nothing else to do.” That will just work as a reminder to your recruiter that you don’t have experience.


The best way to answer this question is to quote real life experiences that establish you as a skilful and responsible person. You can talk about the events that you were a part of in your school and college life, or if you have done any volunteer work or any odd jobs.


Never lie about your experiences in order to make a positive impression.  You are bound to get caught at some point of time.

 

5.     Show enthusiasm for learning

 

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”


You may not have any industry experience, but if you are willing to learn, it can convince your recruiter to give you a chance. You may have a different background and no practical knowledge, but if you are eager to learn and implement that in your work, you have a good chance of getting hired. It would mean that you can add value to a business and update yourself with the new changes.

 

6.     Have a positive attitude

 

A positive attitude has the ability to change everything.


Years of experience cannot guarantee success, unless one has the right attitude. So if you are someone who has an inherently positive attitude , you will be able to make a special mark for yourself among the rest.


Be motivated and show your motivation to your recruiter during the interview. Employers always value candidates who are highly motivated and are willing to contribute to the success of the organization.

And, don’t forget to smile!

Keep these points in mind when going for a job interview the next time. Register on interviewfox.com or download the mobile app and stand a chance to get noticed by reputed employers.