An insight into the graduate interview process

Student life is all fun and games until the last 6 months when you’re drowning in assignments, revising for exams, and need to find a job.

Graduate schemes are a great way to get into the industry and gain valuable knowledge and training. The schemes are usually 1 or 2 years and give graduates a chance to experience a variety of different roles and responsibilities within big name companies.

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What to expect at a graduate recruitment day?

I attended a few graduate interviews before securing my place at media agency, MEC. The recruitment days varied between a traditional interview and a full day of individual and group activities.

Karmarama’s Karma Kadet program was a 20-minute interview with regular interview questions about my experiences.

The graduate recruitment day for VCCP was much more exciting, in groups we had to come up with a campaign to engage a new target audience for one of their clients. We presented it back to each other and received feedback from the VCCP staff.

MEC‘s recruitment process included a full day of individual and group activities. The morning began with a basic mathematics test, followed by an individual pre-prepared presentation about ourselves and a writing task. After lunch we were put into groups and asked to design an app for one of MEC’s clients. We presented our ideas and received some feedback before finishing the day with 5 ‘speed interviews’.

The graduate recruitment days are a great way to learn from others, showcase your strengths and improve your interview skills and confidence.

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Top tips:

  1. Don’t get intimidated by other candidates
  2. Be yourself
  3. Persevere – It will be worth it!

Let me about your experiences interviewing for graduate schemes in the comments below. Also if you have any questions I would be happy to help 🙂

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