It can feel like a daunting challenge finding your dream first job in line with your newly acquired IT degree, and it may seem like everyone is vying for the same job. But it’s important to know that the IT job market in Thailand is in great shape – we’re placing talent in exciting roles on a daily basis! To help you get you land your first job in IT after graduation, and with little experience, here are some tips on how you can make the right impression during your interview and get hired!
1. Know the culture of the company that you are interviewing for
It’s a good idea to research what the company does and see what they value. It’s also a good idea to review their values and mission statements as well before you go into your interview, so that you can be prepared for the type of questions they might ask. It can also help to prepare questions for them about their company or things about their culture that you find interesting.
It’s important to be both curious and receptive in interviews because it may give you an opportunity to learn more about the company than if you were just passive. It’s important not only to do your research on them, but also on jobs like theirs in other companies, so that you can compare and contrast. It’s even better if both of you are speaking about similar things because it shows that you are on the same wavelength. It will also help you to be more confident in your answers because you’ll already have an idea of how they might respond, based on other jobs like theirs.
2. Research what you’re interviewing for and read up on the job description
This will let you know which skills you’ll need and any keywords they may be looking for in your answers. It would also help to prepare a list of experience, accomplishments, and other words that may come up in the interview. It could also be helpful to create a list of questions that you may ask the interviewer to show your interest or expertise in the company. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or not, as long as you give yourself a chance to shine.
3. Practice your interview skills with a friend or family member
It’s always a good idea to be able to answer questions you might be asked in an interview with confidence. It can be helpful to come up with some possible answers for the following questions:
– What are your strengths and weaknesses?
– Tell us about yourself.
– Why do you want to work at this company?
– Why should we hire you over other applicants?
It can also be helpful to have questions of your own. It’s a good idea to ask the interviewer what they feel is most important for success in the role.
4. It’s important to dress appropriately and professionally for the interview
It can help to wear a suit or at least something smart. It may not be necessary, but it tends to be helpful in interviews because you are showing that you can take initiative and care about how you present yourself. It might also be a good idea to practice before the interview so that you don’t forget what to say. It’s important to show your interviewer that you’re confident (even if inside you feel nervous) so don’t forget to smile!
5. Remember to highlight (or acquire) work experience
Chances are if you’ve just graduated that you have little to no work experience, unless you completed an internship as part of your program. If you did, or if you’ve been working in a relevant role during your studies, be sure to mention it clearly on your application and discuss it in your interview. Weave the experience into your answers, relate it to the role you’re applying for and help the recruiter see how you’re better prepared to hit the ground running than your competition. And if you don’t have any experience, try and get some. Even if it’s not in IT, get some work under your belt that’s as relatable as possible and look for core competencies that you can highlight.
You’ve graduated in I.T. at a good time!
It’s important to know that the Thai and Bangkok IT market is buoyant right now, plus you are not alone in your search for your first role after graduation. It can be hard to know what you can do to help you get your first job and this article should help you. Looking forward, if you need any expert help to find the role you really want as your first career step, get in touch with us – placing talent like yourself in IT exciting roles across Bangkok and Thailand is what we love to do, both in multinational corporations and dynamic local startups.
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