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Developing your interview skills. Overview. How do graduate recruiters interview Doing your homework Making a positive impact Example questions. A typical process. 1st round interview/telephone screening 2nd round interview ( sometimes with other tasks, cases , tests)

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Overview
Overview

  • How do graduate recruiters interview

  • Doing your homework

  • Making a positive impact

  • Example questions

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A typical process
A typical process

  • 1st round interview/telephone screening

  • 2nd round interview (sometimes with other tasks, cases, tests)

  • Final interview (sometimes)

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Who and how many people will be there
Who and howmanypeoplewill be there?

A mixturebetweengraduaterecruiters (HR) and linemanagers

Mostcommonly, graduateapplicantswill face one or twointerviewers

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So what are they looking for apart from the obvious
So what are theylooking for?(apart from the obvious)

Competencies

+ Motivation

= Your potential

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What are competencies
What are competencies?

”Underlying personal characteristics that influenceindividualperfomances”

Competencies are made up of:

Skills– what you knowhow to do

Knowledge- what you know

Self image – how you seeyourself

Values– what you think is important

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What is motivation
What is motivation

” Motivation is a desire to achieve a goal, combined with the energy to work towards that goal “

Some examples:

  • Personal fulfillment

  • Money

  • Challenges & change

  • Greater good, missions, values

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Typical questions
TypicalQuestions

On Competency (conflict solution)

”Can you think of a time when you experiencedconflict in a group? Howdid you handle that?”

On Motivation

”You studiedchemistry for your Bachelors Degree, yet you want to be a Marketing Manager. Why?”

(Moreexamplequestions later on……..)

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Doing your homework
Doing your homework

  • Yourself

  • The job

  • The organisation

  • The industry

  • The interview

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First impression counts
First impression counts

  • Punctuality

  • What you wear

  • Posture

  • Eye Contact

  • Handshake and smile

  • Voice

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Taking a positive approach
Taking a positive approach

  • LISTEN

  • GIVE FOCUSED ANSWERS

  • ASK GOOD QUESTIONS

  • CLOSE THE INTERVIEW WELL

  • FOLLOW UP (if appropriate)

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Golden rules for answering questions
Golden rules for Answering Questions

  • If you don’t understand the question, ask for clarification

  • Talk openly and with enthusiasmabout your achievements, butdon’toverstatethem

  • Keep your answers relevant to the question

  • GIVE EXAMPLES

  • Don’tpretend to knowsomething that you don’t

  • Speakclearly and not to fast

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Competency motivation what else
Competency, motivation…whatelse ?

  • Case studies and guesstimates

    (howmanynappieswere sold last year in Sweden?)

  • Stress questions

    (whenwas the last time you werereallyangry?)

  • Weirdquestions

    (what animal do you identifyyourself the most with?)

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More example questions
Moreexamplequestions

  • Giveme an example of whenyou’vegoneagainstsomeone’sadvice

  • When have you beenentrepreneurial?

  • Whydo you want to work for us?

  • You worked in ICA over the summer. What are the key commercialchallengesfacing supermarkets at the moment?

  • Who elsehave you applied to?

  • Whatwill you doif you don’t get this job?

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Closing the interview your questions
Closing the interview – your questions

  • Avoid the meaningless or obvious

  • Leave salary till later on (unless you have to decidebetweenseveral offers)

  • Try to ask something you reallywant to knowabout

  • Ask something that demonstrates your real interest and enthusiasm in the position

  • Thankthem!

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Some examples of what you might want to know
Someexamples of what you mightwant to know

  • When do I hear if I’m successful?

  • What’s the training programme like?

  • Are there opportunities overseas?

  • Will I get feedback on today’s interview

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Further information
Further information

  • Career Services website with links & downloads, accessable through the Student Web/Student Services/Career Services

  • Vault Career Library

  • WetFeetCareerResourceSite

  • [email protected]

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Good luck and thank you for listening
Good luck and thank you for listening

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