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We always advise graduates to prepare for a job interview; and the same goes for employers.
In an interview, the aim is to gain as much information about a candidate to determine whether or not they are right for a role. Given that you will already have read their graduate CV, and possibly their LinkedIn profile or online portfolio as well, it should be relatively straightforward to ascertain whether or not they are a good fit.
Yet interviewers of all levels of experience find that this can be a real challenge in such a short space of time; and selecting the right questions can be make or break when it comes to finding out the necessary information to make a decision.
You’ll have in your hand what they can do on paper, but interview questions should be used to help you make those key decisions on a candidate’s suitability. When interviewing a candidate, you will be looking to find out:
You might like to start by running through the candidate’s graduate CV, including their education, previous work experience and skills they have listed – as well as asking them to explain any large gaps in employment, or question marks you have.
Then, once you know the basics of what they can offer, you can move onto more investigative questions, that will help you decide whether they are the right fit for your company in relation to the above statements.
For different roles that you are recruiting for, there are also different sets of interview questions to ask candidates based upon the skills, personality traits and experiences you want them to demonstrate or discuss.
Find out the best interview questions to ask graduate sales candidates, finance candidates, and graduate developers, below.
If you’re hiring sales candidates, chances are there will be certain character traits or attributes of a salesperson you are looking to find in your perfect graduate hire. Target-driven? Adaptable? Confident? Perhaps you are looking for some previous business development or sales experience, or, in the least, experience in a client-facing role?
By asking a combination of role-specific and skill-specific questions, you can ascertain whether the sales candidate is right for this particular graduate role.
Try some of these employer interview questions to evaluate candidates’ skills, and gage whether the candidate is right for your sales opportunity:
In finance graduate recruitment, there are several strategic interview questions to ask candidates in order to work out if they are the right fit. Given the tendency for finance jobs to involve long hours, it’s a good idea to work out whether the candidate is flexible and adaptable in their approach to work.
Likewise, you’ll probably want the candidate to demonstrate a keen interest in financial markets, as well as a good knowledge of your company, key competitors and specific field. When deciding on the best finance interview questions to ask candidates, focus on those which will help you uncover their passion for finance, their working style, and ambition.
In IT graduate recruitment, hiring a developer who has both the skills your business requires, and is the right team fit, can be tricky; so as an employer, asking the right interview questions is key.
Given that you will already have reviewed their graduate CV, plus their GitHub if they have one, you need to ask questions that will prompt the candidate to elaborate on their skills, and when they have utilised them. Plus, you’ll also be looking to assess whether the candidate has soft skills like communication and the ability to adapt to situations; important qualities in any graduate hire.
When interviewing a graduate developer, it’s a good idea to run through their CV in depth – plus find out if they have any other skills to add to it. Then, once you have a good understanding of their education, experiences and an overview of their skills, you can move onto more investigative questions to find out about their motives, successful previous projects, and their methods of working.
In graduate recruitment, it’s important for employers to know the best interview questions to ask candidates. If employers want to ensure that they make the right hire, this includes both general interview questions and more role / sector-specific interview questions.
If you’re looking to hire a graduate, we can help. Get in touch below to find out how we can solve your graduate recruitment needs.
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