I’ve been involved in some graduate interviews over the past week and it has reminded me of how refreshing it can be to interview younger people at the start of their careers (Ouch! that makes me sound very old), but also how unprepared graduates can be for a thorough selection process.
It can be tough to secure that first role, so I thought it would be useful to share some of the errors I saw in order to learn from them. So here goes:
- Finding out about the company on a very superficial level.
Proving that you had a look at the website doesn’t show a real interest in understanding the company. Get beneath the headlines, search for current articles/information and show that you have thought about the information you have read. If you really want to stand out ask a relevant question – not a token one mind!
- Thinking that having a bit of company information is enough preparation
You have to show that you have read and understood the job description. Prepare the areas where you feel you will face questions from a technical or soft skills perspective. See my previous blogs on Interview Success Tips.
- Stating that you will walk in the door and change things for the better.
- Pretending that you know more than you do.
Remember it is tough to land that first job but it will happen! Keep going.