How to prepare for your graduate job interview

The graduate job market has never been so competitive, which is why it is important that you leave a lasting impression on employers and cement yourself as the stand-out candidate.

The best way to do this is to ensure that you have prepared sufficiently for your interview beforehand. In this guide, we will explain just how you can do this so that you can impress employers and are fully prepared for the world of work.

Research the company

Arguably the most important thing you can do before a job interview is to research and fully understand the company and position you are applying for. By familiarising yourself with the business, you won’t be caught off guard and will be able to impress employers should they ask you any questions about the enterprise in the interview.

Align your pitch to the job description

It is important that you are able to naturally sell yourself to the interviewer and demonstrate that you are the right fit for the role, as this is what they will be looking for. This means that you should provide evidence as to your character, qualifications, work ethic, and any other skills you have that may benefit you should you receive the role.

Dress appropriately

The importance of appropriate interview attire cannot be understated. Your choice of clothing for your interview is a direct reflection of your character and will demonstrate a sincere professional intent to the employer. In other words, it shows that you are taking the process seriously and will be a key component in winning the job. Take some time to research sharp suits and smart shirts for men before your interview, so that you look professional and leave a positive impression on the interviewer.

Find out who is interviewing you

By finding out just who is conducting the interview, you will be able to understand any mutual interests through research either on the company website or on Linkedin. Employers love it when candidates go above and beyond, and by doing additional research you will be able to cement yourself as the stand-out candidate.

Research conventional interview questions

Graduate interviews typically consist of some ‘standard’ questions, so it is important to research them to ensure you can answer any questions without hesitation. Make sure your responses are concise, unique and avoid banal or predictable answers; the chances are the interviewer has heard them all before, so it is important that you are able to differentiate yourself from other candidates.

The importance of being prepared

We appreciate that the prospect of a job interview can be anxiety inducing and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are able to sufficiently prepare yourself for the interview beforehand, the chances are everything will run smoothly, and you will be more likely to secure the role.

Employers are looking for candidates who are able to do all of the above as it demonstrates professionalism and work ethic, especially when candidates go the extra mile and conduct additional research into the company. If you are well dressed, are able to pitch yourself well, and demonstrate your ability beyond what is written on your CV, you will be able to truly stand out from the crowd and cement yourself as an attractive candidate for employers.