Interview techniques and tips for graduates
Interviews for graduate jobs come in a variety of formats: competence interviews, telephone interviews, panel interviews, technical interviews and now, strengths interviews. If you’re going face-to-face (or on the phone) with graduate recruiters then knowing what to expect and how to prepare will give you a head start and keep your interview nerves at bay. Find tips for dealing with tricky interview questions and techniques to help you come across with confidence.
How you act in a graduate job interview is important: it's part of creating the ideal package. Practise some body language techniques today so that you stay cool in the interview hot seat.
Handshake, smile, eye contact: check! You don't need to be told that the impression you give in the first few minutes of the interview is of critical importance. Find out how to leave a lasting impression right from the start.
Knowing how to pitch your achievements and career goals at interviews, assessment centres and careers fairs could be crucial in landing yourself a graduate job. Read on to find out how to sell your skills with a quick introduction.
Occasionally you will push open the door to discover two or more people waiting to interview you. Don't panic! Here are our top tips for when you're facing several interviewers.
A graduate job interview, like a visit to the dentist or a final exam, can fill the most confident of us with dread and anxiety. But don't panic. A few simple techniques, good preparation and some positive thinking can do wonders to reduce your stress levels and help you shine, even if you're naturally shy.
Graduate employers use a range of methods in the recruitment selection process. Take a look at our guide to the types of job interview and activities you might face and get some quick tips.
Graduate employers use a range of interview questions to assess what you know about them and whether you're the right fit for the job. Don't trip up: use our sample questions and hints to guide your interview preparation.
An invitation to an interview means you're well on your way to securing yourself a graduate job. But selling your skills face to face or on the phone is very different from selling your skills on paper. Here are the main steps to help you think on your feet and prepare for all eventualities.
Find out what to expect from this new style of graduate job interview, which focuses on what you enjoy doing as a way of assessing your personal attributes and innate aptitudes.
For some career sectors you may be invited to a technical interview, which will be used to assess specialist skills.
Here's how to give examples of your initiative in an interview situation. You'll need to show you are capable of coming up with new ideas and thinking creatively in order to solve problems.
When interviewers ask this they don't just want to know how ambitious you are. Find out about the response they are really looking for.
This classic tricky interview question appears to be asking you to reveal your shortcomings, but if you use the right tactics it can be a golden opportunity to show that you're right for the job.
You are particularly likely to be asked about your motivation in a strengths-based interview. Find out what recruiters are looking for and what you should avoid in your answer.
This type of question can throw you if you haven't thought about it in advance, especially as you may struggle to think of an example. However, you can turn it to your advantage.
Want to know how to talk about what you could bring to a graduate job? Find out how to answer with confidence.
Find out how to crack interview questions about your time management techniques and the kind of examples you might give in your answer.
Pick up tips on how to avoid the trap of being rude about your old boss and give a positive answer to questions about any negative experiences you may have had at work.
What do employers really want when they ask you questions about your ability to think laterally? Find out how this is connected with your creativity, use of initiative and problem solving skills.
We've collected some expert tips in case you need a last-minute confidence boost before your graduate job interview.
Here's an overview of all our guidance on how to tackle specific tricky interview questions that you might come up against in your graduate job interviews.
Our expert tips will help you hone your video interview performance and avoid common pitfalls of this new approach to graduate recruitment.