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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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  • 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)


+ 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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