When navigating the world of graduate jobs, you are likely to have a lot of competition. Therefore, it’s important that before writing an application, covering letter, or interviewing for a position that you like the look of, you do enough research to give yourself a good head start.
If nothing else, make sure you research the company. What is it they do? How long have they been around for? What are the company values? By knowing the background of the company you’re applying for, not only will you be able to tailor any questions to the standards of the company, but you will also get a sense of whether or not this place seems like a place you will be happy to work for.
Nobody is expecting you to walk in and be on first name basis with the office, but doing a little bit of research on the people before you interview could come in handy. If you have a contact name, search for them on the company website or LinkedIn. Find out who is currently in the role you’re applying for – what experience do they have that you can match? Knowing the faces of the people who are going to interview you might just help to settle any nerves.
Know what it is you’re applying for. That way you will be in the best position to explain exactly why you are the best person for the job. If possible, find out where your role sits within the company structure so that you have a sense of how much responsibility you’ll be expected to have.
Remember, an interview is also your chance to find out as much as you can about the job, so don’t worry too much if you can’t find out a lot beforehand – just go in with a lot of questions and show that you’re willing. Good luck!