Our Essential Interview Checklist for Graduates

Our Essential Interview Checklist for Graduates

Interview Checklist

Essential Interview Tips for Graduates

You’ve graduated, congratulations, but now you’re job hunting and starting to get interviews. Maybe you haven’t had an interview before and need reassurance on what to expect and how to prepare.

  • Rehearse. You need to prepare by thinking of questions you might be asked and how you are going to answer them. Nerves might take hold in an interview so some of the more expected questions you should be able to answer with confidence, if you prepare well. This will put you at ease and help you to answer any unexpected questions that might arise. Can a friend or family member act as interviewer?
  • How do you come across? Practise in front of the mirror. Do you look confident but not arrogant? Do you sound natural not robotic? Do you over gesticulate? Practising this way will feel strange but can really help you come across as professional and confident.
  • Why do you want to work for us? A common question and one that requires you to have researched the company. You should be knowledgeable about the company ethos, the company’s history and future. Understand this and you can tell your potential employer why you will fit in and are the right person for the job.
  • Look the part. You probably won’t have needed to dress to impress over the last 3 years but first impressions are vital so presenting yourself appropriately is essential. It goes without saying that you should have a confident handshake and maintain good eye contact. Everyone makes judgements on first impressions and interviewers are no different.
  • Work experience. If you have had part time work during your studies try and think of skills you have gained that are transferable and will be useful to the role you’re applying for. As a graduate the interviewer might not expect you to have lots of experience but any previous experience might just set you apart from the other candidates.
  • Try not to be too nervous! This is very difficult and nerves will feature but try not to let them rule. If you feel yourself panicking take a deep breath, don’t waffle and sip a drink. Give yourself a second to take control and continue. Practise this as well so you feel comfortable in having a second of silence.

Good luck and remember you might not get the first job so it’s important to ask for feedback. Use it proactively to make yourself better next time around.

Kennedy Pearce are expert recruiters in Financial Services, Commerce and Industry. Our expert consultants are looking forward to hearing from you.

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