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March 08, 2016
Day 8: How to prepare for an interview
By: Nicole Lange

Making it to the first interview round in the graduate process is a huge achievement.

In many cases thousands of graduates will have applied for the same positions as you, with very few progressing beyond the application stage.

Now’s the chance to take what you’ve said about yourself in written form into the interview room.

We’ve already offered 10 of our favourite interviewing tips in a separate blogpost here.

She says that when offering examples of success, to always ensure they’re professional and relevant. Personal examples are inappropriate. If you don’t have direct corporate examples to offer, look to university projects or work-related examples from within the part-time and casual jobs you’ve held.

With such examples be sure to also balance the ‘I’ and the ‘we’. Organisations want to know how you can work in a team but also what you can do on your own as well. So talk about the team situation, how you contributed to it, and what the outcome or results were.

She adds that you should avoid talking about applying to other organisations. Be passionate about the company you’re interviewing with.

“Be themselves. Be confident in themselves and their skills and experience. Try your best. And if you don’t get your role, reflect on why and what happened and try again.”

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