Entry-Level Hiring: The 3 C’s of Interviewing

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Each month we will introduce a guest blogger who will provide a unique perspective on the labor market. This month, Virginia Tech alum Jessica Massara shares her insight as a recent alum with the firm ROCS. Contact us if you or your firm would be interested in sharing your expertise in future guest blog posts.


ROCS has come a long way from our roots in a college dorm room at George Mason University, and we are continuing to grow and learn every day. We love what we do: connecting recent college graduates with great entry-level, career-focused positions in Northern VA and DC.

When ROCS was started our co-founders knew two things: recent college graduates were having a tough time connecting with companies for careers in the DC area, and companies were having a hard time finding the best entry-level candidates to bring into their organization. Since then we’ve learned a lot more, but a few things have remained the same. Entry-level hiring can be tricky due to the relatively low amount of experience candidates are bringing to the table, and the investment in training and development from the side of the companies. Interviewing for entry-level hires usually centers around 3 main themes:

  1. Capability: Are you able to complete the duties and responsibilities of the position in an effective and timely manner? Do you have what it takes to be successful in the role?
    How does this look in an interview?
    • Tell me about a project or task you had to complete that utilized ____________ skillset.
    • How do you manage multiple priorities or deadlines?
  2. Commitment: Is this just a paycheck to you or are you really excited about the experience, position, or company for your professional development?
    How does this look in an interview?
    • How would this role help you with your future career goals?
    • Why did you leave your last position?
  3. Culture Fit: Is this the right environment for you to thrive and have a mutually beneficial relationship between yourself and the company?
    How does this look in an interview?
    • What type of management style do you work best under?
    • Do you prefer team or independent work?

Remember there are no “right” or “wrong” answers to the sample interview questions above — just keep in mind the reasoning behind the questions being asked. The company is evaluating if you are aligning well with their business needs, and at the same time you should be evaluating if the company and position are aligned well with what you are looking for.

Happy hunting!

Jessica Massara
Account Manager, ROCS
Virginia Tech Graduate

Check out http://www.rocsstaffing.com/jobs for our current openings.