The Dos and Don'ts of Campus Placement Interviews

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

A Quick Overview 

Interviews are crucial because they provide an opportunity to make a positive first impression. Since you’re a newbie, this interaction could bring a lot of stuff to the surface aside from your CV all in one performance. Let’s go over this list of campus placement interview dos and don’ts to get a better understanding of the process.


Do’s & Don’ts

While some things may work for one individual and not for another, there are a few pointers that are useful to keep in mind. Consider them as the Rules to be followed to the letter.


Ask questions and be open

Keep in mind the organization’s profile and how well you can meet their requirements.

Be cautious when using hand gestures to communicate. Appear to be at ease.

Keep track of your time and arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Bring a copy of all relevant documents with you.

Dress in a professional manner and have a national appearance. You are an adult. Dress like one. 

AllIf you’re being interviewed by a panel, make eye contact with the person who asks the question.

Pay attention to the questions and thoughtfully respond.

Present your strengths, warts and all, in a positive light.

Make sure you understand the question properly and ask a question if you have any doubts about a specific statement.

Attempt to maintain the positive picture your resume has established following the initial round of short-listing in a meeting.

Demonstrate a desire to connect the organization and the location.


Don’ts in Interview

Do not sit in a stiff position.

Do not respond to queries with a simple “yes” or “no.” Make sure you state your position clearly.

Do not overdress or appear messy.

Sitting shouldn’t cause you any embarrassment.

Do not interrupt the interviewer until they have finished their question.

When it comes to internship experiences and faculty functions, don’t lie. They are capable of doing so.

Make no negative remarks about anyone, including your instructors, managers, and classmates.

Asking a lot of inquiries about pay, bonuses, or vacations is not a good idea. You’ll talk about these after you’ve received an offer.

Wearing strong perfumes or scents is not a good idea.

If something goes wrong, don’t be concerned. Don’t worry if you haven’t answered one of the questions correctly. Keep your focus on will the remaining ones.

There are three dirty words and interviewing– 

Only as in I’ve only done this

Light has in I have light experience with…

Just as in I just done…

Tell them what you know and what you’ve done.


In Campus Interviews, the Most Commonly Asked Questions


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

This is the most common interview question during college placement. Attempt to answer this question. The interviewer wants to know about your credentials and confirm that you have the basic experience they want. Begin by discussing your strengths and connect them with their performance and value systems.


What are your personal preferences?

Dress speaking about, transportation, location, and hobbies are all things that people enjoy. The same goes for dislikes; don’t be obnoxious or harsh. Make an effort to speak about them in a way that complements one‘s area of expertise and appears casual.


What are your goals?

Avoid phrases like “I need to be a supervisor” or “I need to be a CEO in five years.” Individuals can pursue both long and short-term goals. Attempt to make your response comprehensive and clear so the interviewer understands how you come to that goal.


Where do you want to be five years from now?

Discuss your goals in terms of greatness, and research the company you want to join. Explain that you want to obtain certain experiences in order to obtain that degree or that goal Try to be reasonable, fair, and straightforward. Speak with employees and ask for their opinion on the nature of career development speed. These hints will give you an idea of how to go about doing this. 


The list functions as a warm-up exercise before a job interview. Get ready and prepare for an interview so that it goes well. Remember, you can always check in with the college placement office for additional advice about each specific company that you will be interviewing with



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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