IT Graduate jobs are in huge demand and so competition for each role is fierce. As a result you need to know how to stand out from the crowd at interview. Here we take a look at a few of the things you can do to make sure you come across well in the majority of It graduate interview situations
Preparation is key to most interviews, however when the competition is so fierce and the difference between candidates is so slim due to the low levels of work experience you will have been able to gain so far, a good way to give yourself a competitive advantage is to make sure you are well prepared.
Make sure you can demonstrate that you know about the company, what it does, who it deals with and any who its competitors are. Most of this information is usually available on the company’s website. If you know who will be interviewing you it can also be a good idea to Google them or search on Linkedin to get a better idea of who you’ll be meeting.
Answering IT Graduate Interview Questions
IT Graduate Interview questions can often be very focused on methodologies and their applications to real life situations. They are also designed to determine how much passion you have for your chosen career path. Remember that although the questions are meant to test you and get you to think on your feet, it is important to take your time when answering. A short pause or asking your interviewer to repeat the question can give you the time to gather your thoughts and deliver a well thought out answer.
Interviewers often like candidates who are able to offer an example to support their responses, even if the example is not directly related to the position, examples give the interviewer a much clearer idea of you and your skills.
Your body language throughout an IT graduate interview is very important. Presenting yourself in a confident manner can help convince the employer to be confident that you are right for the IT Graduate job available.
Things to bear in mind:
- When answering questions make eye contact with you interviewer
- If you are answering to more than one interviewer, make sure you address the panel as a whole
- Don’t fidget
- Breath steadily – this will stop you from panicking!