Asked 2w ago
I don't think there is a particular thing that employers will look at. Generally there will be higher expectation from the current batch of fresh graduates as there are more job seekers (sadly, people who got retrenched) competing for the same jobs. Employers will hire more selectively (for most companies, only critical roles) and set higher standards than before.
So it's critical for the fresh graduates to know that this is happening and focus on looking for a job that can help them grow (not just focused on the monetary portion) and go through this difficult time!
Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit.
What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture.
You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills in school or out of school could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable.