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A lot of IT global giants hire thousands of fresh engineering graduates every year. Many job aspirants, freshers in particular, are unaware of the employer’s expectations from them.
Keeping this in mind, we spoke to recruiters at some of the top IT companies, to understand the skills they look for in a fresher. It all boils down to a similar sentiment:
Technology is changing at a fast pace. So the most valuable skill a fresher can possess is the ability to learn. Fresh graduates need to have the smarts to adapt and pick up new technologies as and when they come.
To break it down further, here are the skills/traits that they look for in this 'smart' fresh graduate:
Let’s start with the most important skill of all – malleability. Your ability to adapt to changing scenarios and to stay up-to-date is important to the recruiter. You’ve got to be up for the challenge even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone. In a growing IT company, you will have to adapt to the different circumstances – like newer technologies, methods, problem statements, client requirements and more. If you showcase yourself as a professional who can be moulded in the right way, you will definitely fit the ‘smart’ student bill.
Being a fresh graduate, recruiters don't expect you to be proficient in the various technologies that different job roles might require. However, what they will assess you on is your fundaments - be it OOPS, data structures, database management system, or even computer networking. Most recruiters strongly believe that if a candidate has strong fundamentals, he or she will definitely be able to grasp and learn new technologies. So brush up your basics before that big interview!
Many companies believe that problem solving is one of the most important skills a candidate needs to possess. You need to display the ability to take an analytical approach to solving problems. It lets recruiters know that you are capable of approaching problems from various angles, if needed and ultimately find a solution.
These days, employers are hiring for 'fit' rather than 'skill'. They believe that skill can always be developed, but if someone has an attitude that doesn’t fit the company culture; it is a big red flag. Some recruiters even ask themselves:
"Will I want to grab a cup of coffee with this person?" and "Will this person fit in at a barbecue party with the rest of the team?" So, your personality and mannerisms can go a long way in helping you land that job.
Communication skills are a must in any professional field. People collaborate with each other on a day-to-day basis to get things done. For a fruitful outcome, you need to have the right tone and the right language to understand and work with your teammates. Your ability to put your thoughts in a clean and crisp manner is important for any employer. So communication is another trait that recruiters look out for in potential candidates.
"When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?" Taken aback? That is the exact intention of the recruiter. HR interviews in many companies involve stress rounds, which test your temperament in stressful scenarios. In such an environment, keeping your cool and showing a presence of mind will help you go a long way. A smart answer will give you brownie points and help you in landing the job.
Got some tips of your own on how to become the ‘smart’ candidate? Share them with us via comments. We would love to know your thoughts!