Top 3 tips for graduate interview success

Graduate interview techniques

Increase your confidence and feel fully prepared for your graduate interview by following these 3 top tips:

1. Research the employer

– Revisit the employer research you did when you put together your CV and job application and build on it.

– Check out the organisation’s website and social media pages for any details of recent successes or clients, and pick a couple to research in detail.

Graduate interview techniques

– Graduate interviewers will expect you to show a keen interest in their organisation, so think up at least three questions to ask about the employer and three questions about the job itself.


2. Make a good first impression

– Think about your outfit beforehand and make sure it’s clean and ironed.

– Dress appropriately for the weather; don’t spend the interview in a sweat!

Graduate interview techniques

– Think about your body language. Keep eye contact, smile and have a firm (but not knuckle-crushing) handshake. Try to resist the urge to fidget and remember to not slouch in your seat. Speak clearly and not too fast, and avoid phrases like “you know” and “I mean”.


3. Be prepared

– Most interviews will have competency-based questions, i.e. team work, communication, problem solving and time management. Make sure you prepare specific examples so you’re not left panicking.

– If you don’t have much work experience why not use skills examples from your studies, part-time work, volunteering or hobbies?

Graduate interview techniques

– A tip to help you answer questions is STAR (Situation, Task, Action and Result); briefly outline the situation and your task or objective, then provide details of what you actually did – your role and input. Finally, tell them what the result was – did you achieve your goal or deadline? Also be prepared for follow-up questions.