So, you've finally graduated from university and - better still - secured an interview for the dream job that you've been working towards for the last few years. Problem is, you don't really know what to expect or how to prepare yourself for the interview.
Many people think that job interviews are high-pressure situations where a single slip-up can ruin one's chance of success, but with the right preparation, you will be ready for whatever is thrown your way. So don't panic - Hyper Recruitment Solutions are here to help!
Follow our essential graduate interview tips to give yourself the best possible chance of impressing the interviewer and getting the job you want.
- Learn about the company's history and the work they've done in the past.
- Find out what the company's goals and values are.
- Ensure that you understand the role you're applying for (including responsibilities and requirements).
- Decide which of your skills and qualities you would like to highlight to the interviewer, and make sure you can prove that you have them (e.g. by mentioning achievements and experiences where you demonstrated those qualities).
- Find a list of commonly-asked interview questions and write out your own answers in advance.
- Get someone to ask you questions that you haven't specifically prepared for - this will practice your ability to improvise and bring every answer back to your key skills and qualities.
- Dress smartly and appropriately for the job. If you're struggling to pick an outfit, read our What to Wear guide.
- Make sure that your clothes are washed, dried and ironed prior to the interview.
- Ensure that your hair is neat and tidy - get a haircut if necessary.
- Do not wear excessive make-up or accessories.
- Find out where and when the interview will be held.
- Plan your route and method of travel (walking, driving, or public transport).
- Set off early and allow plenty of time for delays/traffic.
- Stay dry! Take a coat and/or umbrella just in case it rains.
- Take an extra copy of your CV so you have the same information in front of you as the interviewer.
- If necessary, prepare a copy of your certifications and/or examples of past work.
- Make sure you can provide strong references on request.
We hope these tips will help to put your mind at ease and bring you one step closer to the job of your dreams! If you have any questions or queries regarding your interview, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the HRS team - one of our advisors will be more than happy to help. Good luck!
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