How to Pass an INTERVIEW with Little or NO EXPERIENCE

How to Pass an INTERVIEW with Little or NO EXPERIENCE


Hello and welcome to LetThemTalk and
today we are answering a viewers question Sajid Ali asked “how should
someone with no job experience present himself in the interview room kindly
make a video on it.” Good question.
Now I’ve already made a couple of videos on interview technique and I’ve noticed
that this question or this type of question coming up time and time again
in the comment section so if you are a recent graduate or you have some
qualifications but you have no, or little, experience how do you approach the
interview? This is what we’re going to look at today and if English is not
your first language we’ll look at how you can tackle it from that angle too.
And, by the way, before we get started let me tell you that, although I’m happy to
answer this question, bear in mind I’m not a professional careers advisor my
background is in running small businesses and before that I worked in
companies in a number of positions and early in my career I had a lot of
interviews, as a candidate I mean, and when I started I was very bad. believe me
but fortunately I’ve learned a lot since then. Anyway my perspective might be a
little different from a careers advisor so with that in mind stay tuned. Let’s begin and first of all of
course you need to get offered an interview so I hope you have a good CV
and a good cover letter the cover letter is so important but I won’t discuss that in
this video because we’ve already made a video about how to write a perfect cover
letter link up here somewhere. so do see that video before watching
this one if you haven’t already now you’ve got the interview
well done! you’re feeling a bit nervous that’s normal you haven’t had many
interviews before so what do you do what do you say now 90% of the rules that
apply for taking an interview for someone with experience applies to
someone without experience too so you still need to maintain good body
language good posture that’s the same you’ve got 20 years experience or no
experience maintain good eye contact the voice that sounds friendly but serious
so not hello nice to meet you but hello nice to meet you you need to engage with
people try and find a connection with the interviewer and you can find all the
information about these general tips on the videos I’ve already made on
interview technique link in the description. So what do you need to do if
you don’t have any or limited experience First of all do your homework. Do a
lot research on the company believe me they are going to be impressed if you
know a lot about their organization people like flattery and so do companies
and it shows that you have personalized the interview you want them to feel
special. You don’t want any job you want this job working at their company this
is of course always important but it’s particularly
important if you’re just starting out on your career. They want to know that
you’ve chosen to begin your journey with THEM so make it count
now I want to say something about if English is not your first language now
bear in mind what I’ve said before it’s not about grammar it’s about
communication some native speakers are good communicators some are bad
communicators some people who speak English as a second language of good
communicators or bad communicators it’s not about the grammar that plays a very
small and insignificant role and your interviewers not gonna be a grammar
teacher so have confidence and communicate as well as you can. So some
important points to bear in mind if you haven’t had many interviews before it
takes time to become good So perhaps there are a
few freaks out there who are great even at their first ever interview but for
most people for normal people you will get better with experience look for
example ask anybody myself included has a
YouTube channel and has more than 100 videos compare their first
videos against the recent ones and you’ll see that the improvement is
astonishing I know my first video attempts are unbelievably bad and I’m
not being modest here but with interviews or any other complex tasks
you will need time to master it and mastering an interview is a complex task
so even if you fail at the interview you could either stop crying and go back to
bed for weekend and grow a beard (if you’re a guy) or you
can think “oh never mind! I didn’t get this job but I’ve got some interview
practice I have improved my skills and next time I’ll do better” and after
taking lots of interviews you will become good I promise you
that as long as after each failed interview you
sit down and you go through how you could have done better so take as many
interviews as you can and you will become good. Secondly let’s face some
facts if you have never had a job before you are not going to get the position
that requires five years project management experience or senior
legal adviser however many many interesting positions, and I’m not
talking about sweeping the streets or selling burgers, many interesting
positions are open to recent graduates or those who have some qualifications
but little or no experience. So what do you talk about? You need to emphasize
your intelligence your creativity, your ambition, your clarity of mind and your
versatility. Put yourself in the head of the interviewers if they are
interviewing for a job that requires a lot of technical ability they want to
know that you have that skill. However if they’re interviewing for a junior
position they will care much less about your experience they want to know that
you are flexible, that you’re confident that you’re friendly they’ve got to work
with you every day then they want to know that you can interact with people
in a relaxed and positive way, that you are creative (the level of creativity
might depend on the job of course) and and that you’re ambitious but that
you’re going to stick around. Meaning that you’re not going to leave after one
week to take up another job. They want to know that you are versatile that you can
adapt to new situations and, if English is not your first language, they want to
know that you can express yourself well enough in English. now we’re going
to look a few example interview questions. Of course what
you precisely say depends on the job but these are the things that you need to
stress at an interview. So, can you demonstrate firstly your
interest in the job? can you? I hope so. Tell them that. But remember your answers
should always say what YOU can do for them and
not what THEY can do for you. if they ask you “why do you want to work here”
don’t say “I’m interested in this job because I can get some useful experience”
do say “This is an interesting position and I’d love the opportunity to work
with you and contribute to your team” something like that so it’s about them
it’s not about you and your answers should always reflect that. Can you
demonstrate that you like working as part of a team? can you show your your
commitment? what can you contribute can you show your creativity? if you don’t
have any work experience can you still demonstrate that you still
have the skills and you still have talent? so let me give you an example say
in the interview they asked you “what are your strengths?” A typical interview
question in your answer you could say “…you know I have a cooking channel on
YouTube and I put up vegetarian recipes and in order to do this you really need
to be a good communicator you have to be a good planner you have to be creative
constantly thinking of new ideas you need to be able to manage a project and
see it through from the beginning to the end so I would say that these are some
of my strengths”. By the way if you are not working in the moment you should be
constantly looking at ways that you can improve your skills and this will help
you down the line maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but soon and for the rest
of your life. Now remember the way you express all this is
even more important than what you say so say for example they asked you “Why do
you want to work here?” don’t say “After reading your website I
liked it very much and I decided I wanted to work here” Not so good
lacks commitment lacks energy. So how about: “After reading your website I
thought wow! this is a company doing really interesting things and I want to
be part of it” So you are basically saying, more or less, the same thing but
and I can’t stress this enough the tone and the body language is the most part
of it and the words you use are the icing on the cake. Now another thing to
bear in mind don’t be apologetic don’t be apologetic for who you are and your
lack of experience. Turn a negative into a positive. what I see so often is people apologizing for what they don’t know so
for example you are asked at the interview “do have an experience
of using Microsoft Access?” – “No sorry I don’t know that” better to say “Do
you have an experience of using Microsoft Access?” – “Microsoft Access? that’s
the database program isn’t it it’s funny you should say that you know that’s the
top of my to-do list and by the time we get to the second interview I’ll be able
to say yes to your question” now that answer is also no but here I showed a
commitment and a willingness to learn. Probably they know that you’re just
bluffing but that’s okay they won’t mind unless it’s a key requirement for the
job so avoid saying “no”, “I don’t know”, “I’m not sure” as much as possible find a
positive angle to answer all the questions and this is also true if
English is not your first language. You might think it’s a disadvantage but not
necessarily so. Speaking a second language could be very useful to the
company and also you can see things from a different cultural perspective view
things as an outsider and from a different angle so think of it as a
positive. Now remember one final thing, they are interviewing you for a reason.
They need someone to fill a gap in their organization that’s why there is a job
vacancy if they fill it the wrong person it’s going to be a major problem for
them. So, what you have to do is to put their mind at ease and get them to think
that if they offer you the position then the job is in safe hands and you will
moreover, be helping the organization to thrive and if you can do this then, my
friend, you are a great candidate worthy of their trust. So I hope you found that
useful if you have any tips on how to pass an interview with little or no
experience then do leave them in the comments good luck
it’s your interview and see you in the next video

59 thoughts on “How to Pass an INTERVIEW with Little or NO EXPERIENCE

  • Another idea is to present something that the interviewers might not take into account. I was once asked why I should be hired as a temporary English teacher if I'm not a native speaker. I told them I can antecipate and deal with my students' mistakes in an easier way since our mother tongue was the same. I got the job.

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  • Thank you for the video. It’s really helpful.
    Could you please make a video about question that someone should ask to an interviewer?

  • Thank you, you are such a creative teacher, but i have a problem as a non native speaker which is i don't understand what native speakers say cos they are speaking too fast i get just few words in their talks and miss the rest of it so please do you have a solution for that?

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  • Hi I'm Andie from the Philippines. Thank u so much sir Gideon for inspiring us to have a great examples in a interview questions and to have more idea's on how to handle our selves going thru a company that we like to working on. and likely I've much learning about your videos, thank u so much sir for helping us the fresh graduates to know about this kind of interviews and to improve our selves on how to communicate.. <3 🙂

  • I’m born in uk but I say all my words alike

    Nice to mee you without the t lol?

    Same as. Warer instead of water

    Taught I’d say tough

    And I don’t get why ? I can if I force myself but it don’t sound right? As it don’t flow it requires me to stop for a split second and say the word separate ?

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  • How can I pass an interview if I'm not a bachelor degree holder? But have some work experience or talent?

  • Iam passing every round of interview and failing at the final round hr is not selecting me it is because of problem in communication sir can you explain

  • I started watching your videos after a disastrous interview I had for an internship position. I managed to sabotage myself. So many mistakes out of nervousness and of lack of interview experience… Your remarks are to the point and out of real-life situations, not another recruiter describing what books say. Thank you!

  • Your videos are different and very helpful, I watched some of them before my interviews last week and I got the chance to go to the 2nd interview with 2 companies (out of 3). So Thank you for your videos and for your help!

  • I like how precise and simple you are in your videos
    I used your tips in my last interview 😄
    And i always keep sharing your video with friends who have to go for an interview.
    Thank you so much

  • Hello after watching your video it is very helpful one thing I must mention is I was born with a learning disability how can I get things to stick into my head as far as passing interviews if you can make a video for that I would greatly appreciate it thank you

  • Ive applied to 20+ jobs and got 1 interview, so I cant just practice interview after interview.
    I cannot blow this interview.

  • Job Interviewer: "Do you have any experience?"
    Me: "Do you?" 😀
    Job Interviewer: 🤨
    Me: 🤦‍♂️

  • Hello sir i m from india i want to ask you some question regarding interview actually sir i want to teach in a school but i have no experience but i m very confident that i can communicate very well with children but how can i assure to the interviewer what are the thing u will recommand me if i go as a fresher,or can i mention that i love dancing like in a hobbie.nd how can i ask for a salary ?sir ur a great english teacher so plz help me..

  • LetThemTalkTV,

    There is no way I can thank you enough.
    I watched this video and your video on how to write a covering letter.

    I had 2 interviews for the same company.
    I aced both of them and got the job!

    Thank you very much, these video's helped me out a lot!

  • Sir I have a lot of British language problem..how can I rectify this..how can I communicate with examiner during interview…i am so serious….plz suggest me…) AMIT SINGH)–INDIA

  • I'm from Mexico and my interview is in two days. This videos are very helpful for me. I'm going to come back and tell you what happened if I got the job or not.

  • I just found your channel. I really like it. I am a hiring manager at a company in the USA. Most of the people I hire are offshore, meaning English is most likely not their first language. I could not possibly agree with you any more on the point that grammar is secondary to communication skills. The most frustrating thing in the world is not being able to communicate freely with my team mates.

    One tiny point of contention I have with this video is how you answered the MS Access question. It sounded a little bit contrived to me. You are right on the money with 'be interested and show energy.' But for me personally, I don't want to be fluffed. I would rather hear them say something like, 'MS Access, that's the database program, right? It sounds really cool to me, but I haven't had the opportunity to use it in a business setting yet. I am really excited to have the opportunity to learn how to use it and help your company to be successful.'

    Excitement, interest, energy, and friendliness are super powers in an interview.

  • I just found your channel. I really like it. I am a hiring manager at a company in the USA. Most of the people I hire are offshore, meaning English is most likely not their first language. I could not possibly agree with you any more on the point that grammar is secondary to communication skills. The most frustrating thing in the world is not being able to communicate freely with my team mates.

    One tiny point of contention I have with this video is how you answered the MS Access question. It sounded a little bit contrived to me. You are right on the money with 'be interested and show energy.' But for me personally, I don't want to be fluffed. I would rather hear them say something like, 'MS Access, that's the database program, right? It sounds really cool to me, but I haven't had the opportunity to use it in a business setting yet. I am really excited to have the opportunity to learn how to use it and help your company to be successful.'

    Excitement, interest, energy, and friendliness are super powers in an interview.

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