For recent graduates who have spent the best part of three years working hard to obtain their well-deserved grades, the prospect of leaving University and entering the world of work can be daunting. A study by Barclays Lifeskills, which studied common errors made by graduates during job interviews, showed that it was small errors which could make all the difference.
Here at Aspire Cambridge, we are experts in recruitment and human resources and assist many graduates into new careers every year. If you are a recent graduate or a student planning on beginning your job search, here are a few tips for graduate interview success.
1. Do your research
You may have spent the past three years putting everything into your degree and subject knowledge, however, regardless of your expertise in your field an element of research for the prospective company is integral. Researching the company values, background and services will all be very useful in the interview. It is common for an interviewer to want to know why you want to work for their company so by showing you have done your research can stand you in good stead.
2. Do not ‘show off’
Appearing confident in your interview is a great trait to express however there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. To avoid sounding arrogant ensure that you have listed all your achievements in your CV and be able to demonstrate specific skills you have learnt from each challenge during the interview.
3. Ask Questions
To ensure no awkward silences, come to the interview prepared with a range of questions to ask the interviewer. Asking questions will ensure that you appear interested in the position you are applying for and are keen to learn more about the role. A few examples of questions you could ask are:
- What is the company culture like?
- Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
4. Dress Appropriately
An interview is generally a formal event and therefore the interviewee will likely expect you to dress appropriately for the occasion. You should also make sure that what you are wearing is comfortable and fits well so that you look and act your best. First impressions are important and you only get one shot at it!
5. Express what you will bring to the role
It is important for you to understand the role but it is equally important for the employer to understand what you will be able to bring to the role. Research the company’s current situation and think of at least 3 new aspects you could bring to the company and more specifically the role you are applying for. To help you prepare, it is worth looking at the Job Description and consider what knowledge, skills (could be transferable skills) and experience you have that would be relevant to the role you have applied for.
Aspire Cambridge understand the challenges which are presented to graduates and if you are about to take your first step into the world of work, whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis, you can contact one of our recruitment consultants to discuss your next step.
Headquartered in Cambridge with regional presence in Kettering and Milton Keynes, Aspire Cambridge provide cost effective Recruitment and HR solutions to an impressive portfolio of customers spanning the UK and Europe. Working with a diverse collection of industries from start-ups to blue chip companies covering a vast range of sectors. Aspire Cambridge has an unrivalled knowledge of the jobs marketplace so it’s no wonder that they hold an impressive track record of exceeding client and candidate expectations.
How do they do it? By “Placing People First”.
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