A job interview is essentially an opportunity for you to show off your skills, talents, and experience while demonstrating your knowledge of the job and asking any questions you might have about it. In this article, we’ll focus primarily on the main question you can expect to be asked during an interview: why do you think you’re suitable for the job? Here are some tips to make sure you can knock it out of the park.
We know – this seems like an obvious tip. However, recruiters often express their amazement at candidates who arrive at interviews with only a superficial understanding of their target job. You should instead possess an in-depth knowledge of the job description and be ready to convince the jury, with evidence, that you’re the best person to take it on.
Start by reading the job description, paying particular attention to any academic requirements, as well as essential and desirable attributes. Be proactive and reach out to graduate recruiters or company contacts if there’s anything you want to clarify. You can also check if GradAustralia.com.au has a profile of the company.
Get a feel for what life will be like in your target job by talking with contacts in similar roles or checking out the grad stories and reviews on GradAustralia.com.au. Find out more about the organisation, such as the types of clients it works with, where it is based, and what types of projects it takes on.
When it comes to demonstrating your suitability for a particular role, the general rule is this: the more specific you can be, the better. Of course, this means arriving at a deep understanding of what the role will require – and this will usually require you to go beyond the job description by asking questions like those below:
By combining what you’ve learned from the position description and your own supplementary research, you’ll arrive at a strong sense of the talents and attributes you should emphasise in the interview. For example, you might reach one of the following conclusions:
For more tips on how to answer this tricky interview question, check out these short tips for graduates.