10 Tips for Graduate Interviews!

21 July 2017

Every year, thousands of graduates attempt to find their first graduate job; it’s a competitive and tiring field, so check out our top 10 tips for perfecting your interview technique!

1.  DO YOUR RESEARCH

This is probably the most important piece of advice you will be given when it comes to interview preparation! It is crucial that you know the company inside out to avoid seeming unprepared. Study the website, look at their clients, study the role and look at the background of the company; who works there and who you’ll be meeting. No amount of research is ever too much!

2.  LOOK THE PART

Dressing the part speaks volumes about your professionalism and how seriously you’re taking the interview process. Your style is a representation of you, so make sure to look put together; you’re not a student anymore!

3.   CURRENT AFFAIRS

It is easy to stay in your university bubble, but being up to date on current affairs for an interview is a great way to show you’re involved and interested in the world around you.

4.  COMBAT NERVES

Interviews can be very nerve-wracking, especially when you haven’t done one before. Practicing competency based questions before the interview can help you feel calmer and more prepared for the real thing.

5.  ASKING AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS

It’s a great idea to ask questions during your interview as it shows you’re interested in the role and the company. Providing an example to any answer you give also shows you’ve understood exactly what is being asked of you. Top tip: Have a glass of water to sip if you need to take a minute to think about your answer!

6.  YOUR DEGREE

Sell your degree! Tell the interviewer why you chose your degree and why they should hire you. Before the interview: Think about the transferable skills you have learnt and how you will apply them to this role.

7.  PUNCTUALITY

Do not be late! Being late to an interview immediately gives the impression that you’re unprofessional and not bothered about the job. Top tip: Make sure to research where your interview is being held before the day of the interview so you can plan your journey. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early!

8.  WRITING ASSESSMENT

Especially for PR roles, it is common to be asked to complete a writing assessment as part of your interview so they can check your writing style. Make sure to proof read your submission more than once as they will be looking closely at your grammar, spelling and style.

9.  WHY YOU CHOSE THIS ROLE

An interviewer will always ask you why you picked their company and job. Before the interview, make sure you have a couple of answers prepared so you can avoid feeling panicked on the day!

10.  ENJOY IT

Try your best to enjoy the interview! Every interview that you go to is a fantastic opportunity to learn and gain lots of experience, so try and relax as much as you can as it’ll make the process a lot smoother.

If you’re a fresh graduate looking for a role in communications or PR, why not send your CV over to Tamsin@jflrecruit.com and Leila@jflrecruit.com to find your dream role!