The following questions have been collated from students at various Universities who have recently applied for graduate jobs. Please like our Facebook Page – click here
Your first interview will be competency based (either telephone or in person) and you will need examples of:
- Career Motivation
- Commitment to Career
- Recent development in the firm
- Commercial Awareness
- Communication Skills
- Problem Solving
What are your 3 main weaknesses?
What other schemes have you applied to?
What motivates you to apply to…?
What do we provide for our clients?
Where do we operate?
Why did you choose your University?
Name the services we provide
What will you be doing here on a day-to day basis?
Why will this job be rewarding?
Who are our main competitors and how are we different?
Can you name any recent developments in our firm?
Why do you want to work here?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Have you done any relevant work experience?
Why have you applied to this division?
Describe a time when you found yourself in a difficult situation, how did you deal with it?
Provide an example of when you have worked to a tight deadline and how did you deal with this?
Provide an example of time where you have had to deal with a difficult customer
What do you think will be challenging about here?
How would your friends describe you?
How do you go about working with difficult colleagues give an example?
What has been the most rewarding part of your degree?
What grade are you aiming for, how will you achieve this?
Provide an example of a time when you worked in a team and needed to persuade the group.
How do you managed your finances whilst at University?
Describe a time when you have failed at something.
What skills have you learnt at university that are not related to your studies?
Why have you chosen this location?
The next set of interview will be with higher ranking members of a firm and will be less technically difficult than the first round.
It will be more like a conversation where they will see if your personality fits in at the firm. You will be asked about why you want to join the firm and what you hope to achieve. Make sure you can answer:
- Why you want to join this firm?
- Why not a competitor?
- Why the line of service you have joined?
- What do you think you can bring to this firm?
- How do you think you will benefit from working here?
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
- What do you do in your spare time?
Be confident but not too confident they will know more than you.