The Graduate Interview Guide

on 31 May 2018
five students graduating and receiving their awards

So, you’re at the end of your university career, perhaps you’re thinking of what to do next; continue study, travel, work... If it’s the latter, we can help! With our combined experience in consulting and the opportunity we’ve had to both work with and employ graduates ourselves - we think we’re experienced enough for the job.

It may be a few years, but we too have graduated, so we know just what it’s like to be a fresh graduate, navigating the job market trying to find our match.

Whatever your skillset or ability, if you’re looking for a graduate role in the IT or digital sectors, we can help make that dream become a reality. Working on a one-to-one consultant basis, you’ll only ever work with one person to develop a relationship which will ensure success.

Interviews can be tough to bear, especially if it’s your first ‘real job’ interview. Scary, anxiety-provoking, nerve-wracking, the list goes on. How do you act? Well, there’s no real answer to this because nobody can teach you exactly how to act or what to say, per sé. There will always be an element of being the best version of yourself, but don’t ever neglect to be yourself. If you’re successful, who will the recruiter be sat in an office with, you, or the act put on just for the interview? Acts get tiring, and it’ll eventually become clear that it’s not who you are - potentially creating problems that can easily be avoided.

First things first, find out what sort of interview you’re going into. If you’re working with a recruiter, then ask them, they should have all of the specifications for the recruitment process. It’s pretty important to know what you’re facing so that you can prepare. For example, if it’s a panel interview, you may want to research the people on the panel so you can ask specific questions; similarly if it's a group interview, you may want to know how long it will last and if there are any tasks or preparation upfront that you should be aware of.

Understanding who the employer is and what the role involves will really boost your chances of success. The last thing interviewers want to see in the interview room is a candidate who doesn’t know why they’re there or who is in front of them. With that being said, you don’t have to know everything. Gain a good insight with company research but leave something for the interview. Leave an element that you’re interested in either about the role, company, or hiring manager to ask at interview, or find something out and ask more about it.

Ultimately, interviewing is a matter of preparation, understanding, knowledge, and common sense. If you’re interested in the role area, the understanding and interest is sure to shine through. If you’re not interested, no matter the amount of preparation and knowledge you have, you still might not win the role.

And, remember, don’t make these mistakes!


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