Jessica shares her insight on how to nail your grad interview.
You landed a Grant Thornton interview - now it’s up to you to showcase your skills and prove why you’re the perfect person for the job. Nerves are natural, but don’t let them get the better of you. Here’s what I’d suggest you do to ace the interview and make a great impression.
1. Do your research
Take your time to learn as much as you can about Grant Thornton. Look through our website and social media accounts, familiarise yourself with our values and know what events we’re involved in. Don’t forget to research your interviewers - you might find some common ground you can bring up in conversation. Not only will this show that you care about the opportunity, it will also help calm your nerves.
2. Know your strengths
This may sound obvious but make sure you know your CV inside out. Know how to talk about yourself and your achievements confidently and coherently. Be sure to sell yourself by promoting your skills and abilities, using specific examples from university and any workplace experience you’ve had, and how they relate to the role you’re interviewing for.
3. Practice makes perfect
One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to practice answers to competency-based questions and use experiences and examples to back up the points you make. For instance, you might be asked to describe a difficult situation you were faced with and how you overcame it, or a recent project you were involved in and its outcome. Think up a few questions to ask your interviewers too.
4. Be professional
You only get one chance to make a first impression so make sure you arrive early, dress the part, shake hands firmly and smile. It’s important to pay attention to your body language throughout the interview: maintain good eye contact with your interviewers, speak clearly and don’t slouch or fidget. Remember, it’s more of a chat than an interview so stay relaxed and the conversation should flow.