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A graduate interview is your time to shine and set yourself apart from the other graduate job candidates, which is why it is very important to arrive prepared. Read more to find out what to expect and how we can help you prepare for your graduate interview so you'll perform better and land the graduate programme you want.


Prepare for Your Graduate Interview with JobTestPrep

JobTestPrep has created a unique PrepPack™ to help you gain important insights into graduate interviews and to assist you in sharpening your interview skills. The pack grants you access to our smart interview preparation software. The software includes practice sessions with questions relevant specifically for graduates. You can record your answers and then review them using our friendly assessment forms. You also have the ability to customise your own session according to your sector from a pool of thousands of questions.

In our pack, you will also find detailed PDF interview guides with experts’ advice on different aspects of interviews. This includes sample answers and tips for common interview questions. With JobTestPrep’s graduate interview pack, you’ll gain the self-assurance you need to impress your interviewer with your poise and confidence.


What Is a Graduate Interview?

The graduate interview is the most common assessment for graduate jobs and schemes, with nearly 100% of employers incorporating it into their hiring processes. It can take place in various stages of the process: in the initial screening, at the assessment centre, or as a final interview.

There are many different types of questions that can be asked in an interview. The most common ones ask you to explain your CV, describe your job skills, express why you want the job, explain why you are the right candidate, and describe your strengths and business acumen. You may also be asked to solve brain teasers.


What Types of Graduate Interviews Are There?

There are several types of graduate interviews:

  • Phone interview – conducted by either a human resources (HR) representative or a company manager and used mostly for initial screening interviews
  • Skype interview – similar to a phone interview but conducted over video conferencing
  • Video/digital interview – usually includes a series of questions for you to read and record your answers to later be reviewed by the employer
  • Face-to-face interview – conducted by HR, a manager, or possibly a senior manager and used at an assessment centre or as a final interview so the company can get to know you better
  • Panel interview – usually conducted by a manager, a senior manager, and possibly someone from your potential team and used at an assessment centre or as a final interview

See below for interview tips for each of the different interview types.


Graduate Interview Questions

The following is a list of popular interview questions for graduates. Of course, this is only a partial list, as interview questions can vary between companies and positions.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you know about our company? How did you find information about us?
  • What skills can you bring to the job?
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to think outside the box to solve a problem.
  • Give me an example of a time you failed. Why do you think you failed?
  • What has been your greatest achievement?
  • Do you prefer to work in a team or by yourself?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Graduate Interview Tips

It is very important to be prepared for your graduate interview. The following are some general interview tips for graduates:

  • Find out as much as you can about the questions you will be asked in your interview. Online forums of other graduates who have been interviewed are great resources.
  • Research the company. You will almost certainly be asked to evaluate an aspect of the organisation to which you are applying.
  • Get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast on the day of the interview.
  • Practise answering typical graduate scheme interview questions in front of a mirror or on video to review later. Watch your body language and your sentence structure.
  • For competency questions, use the STAR method, which is a helpful way to structure your answers.
  • Be polite and thank your interviewer when it's over.

Here are some tips for specific types of interviews:

Phone Interview Tips

  • If you are expecting a call from the employer, answer your phone in a professional manner.
  • Smile even though the interviewer can't see you. It can have a positive effect on your tone.
  • Be aware of any excessive noise that is in the room or coming from outside, and try to keep it quiet.
  • Have a pen and paper available in case you need it.
  • Silence your phone and turn off notifications on your computer.
  • Don't chew gum or food.

Skype and Video/Digital Interview Tips

  • Prepare for your Skype call by recording yourself in advance to see how you look and sound.
  • Dress as if you were being interviewed in person.
  • Have good posture and make as much eye contact as possible by looking at the camera and not the screen.
  • Make sure your background is appropriate for a professional interaction.
  • Clean up the area that can be seen by your camera.
  • Silence your phone and turn off notifications on your computer.
  • Don't chew gum or food.

Face-to-Face Interview Tips

  • Dress for the job.
  • Bring your CV and cover letter.
  • Make sure you know how to find the building and office so you can arrive on time.
  • Give a confident handshake and smile.
  • Make eye contact and use appropriate body language.
  • Prepare some questions of your own to ask at the end of the interview.

Panel Interview Tips

  • Try to find out who will be in the panel so you can look them up online and understand their backgrounds, roles in the company, and main projects they are involved in.
  • Make sure you know how to find the building and office so you can arrive on time.
  • Introduce yourself to each person.
  • Make eye contact and use appropriate body language.
  • Prepare some questions of your own to ask each panel member at the end of the interview.


What's Included

  • Comprehensive interview guides with valuable tips
  • Best practices for answering common interview questions
  • A smart & simple interview preparation software
  • Customised interview sessions based on popular graduate interview questions
  • Access to a database of thousands of interview questions
  • Available on mobile and desktop
  • Immediate online access, practise 24/7
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