Common Interview Questions Asked at Graduate Interviews

Common Interview Questions Asked at Graduate Interviews

If you’re a recent graduate looking for a job then first you have to prepare yourself for the interview. We can’t guarantee exactly what your interviewer will ask you, but we have a good idea of some questions that are likely to come up.

The University of Kent carried out a survey on former students asking them what questions they were asked at graduate selection interviews by a variety of employers and for a range of jobs. Below are a list of the most common questions. These questions may be worded slightly different by different interviewers, but for most graduates these are the questions they were asked:

1. Why do you want this job?

A common question and one that allows the interviewer to see how truly passionate you are for the job at hand and if you really want it. It will also be a chance for you to demonstrate how much you know about the job and the company and whether you have researched them at all in preparation. Be sure to talk in detail what makes you qualified for this specific job and this specific company.

2. Have you got any questions?

This question can be tricky and it normally comes up at the end of the job interview. It’s a great chance for you to have an input and turn the tables around and put questions to the interviewer – so don’t waste it! For more tips and examples on how to answer this question check out our previous KennedyPearce blog post: Questions you should ask at a Job Interview

3. Describe a situation in which you led a team?

This is a competency based question. It is important for your interviewer to know how you cope in certain situations, your answer will help the interviewer determine if you are right for the job and if you have the skills required. These skills should have been highlighted in the job description or graduate brochure – so always be prepared to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated these qualities!

4. What has been your greatest achievement?

Saying that your greatest achievement is going to university and gaining your degree will not help you stand out from the other graduate candidates. Unless you had to overcome a major difficulty to earn that degree. Instead think about other achievements, especially those that give evidence of skills that are related to the job. Some ideas are:

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award – especially the expedition and community service parts
  • Organising a sports or fund-raising event
  • Overcoming a fear i.e heights and ski diving!
  • Learning a new language and travelling
  • Training for and completing a marathon/ challenging sports event.

5. What are your weaknesses?

There’s a strategy to answering this question and it is to choose a weakness that you have worked on to improve and describe what action you are taking to remedy the weakness. For example you could say that your biggest weaknesses is talking to large groups, but some recent project work you’ve been involved on has made you feel more confident and able to give better presentations to large groups.

These are just a few of the most common questions asked during a graduate interview. It is a good idea to go through these questions and prepare your answers, so you can competently answer them during an interview.

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