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Seven Best Questions to Ask in Your Interview

 

Looking for graduate jobs can be hard, and finding the right one is important for you and your employer. At Inspiring interns we’re constantly asking graduates and businesses questions so we can match them perfectly – and it’s essential you ask questions too when being interviewed. Asking your potential employer the right questions tells you much more about the company than googling, plus it highlights your thinking style and is bound to impress.

 

These are the seven best questions to ask in a job interview to get the job:

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Top 10 Interview Tips

You’ve got interviews for graduate jobs, fantastic! Now you need to make sure you make the most of it. These top 10 interview tips will help you excel.

 

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

Doing research is key to succeeding in your interview. Before you can sell to the interviewer how your personality and skills fit with the company and the role you need to understand a number of things: what the company does; what the position you are interviewing for entails; and who your interviewer is.

 

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Seven Reasons Your CV was Ignored

If you’re reading this you’re probably at the stage where you’re on the lookout for graduate jobs and are firing out CVs left, right and centre. Here are a few things to consider from the eyes of a recruiter.

 

1. You didn’t sell yourself

A CV shouldn’t just be a piece of paper with a few stats and contact details, you need to sell yourself. Boast about where you believe you really stand out. It doesn’t have to be charity work or public speaking; think about instances from your course. Did you consistently get work in early? Were you top of your class? Include it.

 

2. You overused the business mumbo-jumbo

Knowing what you’re talking about is always an advantage if it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for, but knowing when to hold back is another skill entirely. Don’t encumber your CV with phrases like: ‘command and leverage the businesses personnel to meaningfully navigate a pressing company project’. What does that even mean?

 

3. You were too generic

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Go-To Guide for Graduate Job Applications

Graduate job applications can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be - just logical with a bit of personality. This is our go-to guide to writing your graduate jobs application.

 

 

Job specification

When applying for graduate jobs you will come across job specs. These will outline the details of the role, ideal candidate requirements and the company. You want to present yourself as a match to the skills, requirements and values an employer/recruiter is looking for. How? Tailor your application. Submitting the same CV for five roles in different industries may make you feel productive, but it’s often the opposite. It’s easy to spot a generic application, and nothing makes a recruiter discard your application quicker than something generic.

Top tip: tailor every application, focusing on your skills and why you are suited to the role. Be succinct.

 

Soft skills

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5 Tips for Getting a Job in London

Working in London is a great experience, culturally and professionally. But it’s not always easy to land a job, so here are our top tips to help you in your graduate jobs hunt.

 

Visa and NI number

The first and most important thing you need before you apply for a graduate job is eligibility to work in the UK. If you are a British or EU citizen you are eligible as long as you are able to provide your passport or ID. However if you do not have a British/EU country passport or Dual Citizenship you must get a work visa or permit before you arrive in London.

The second essential thing that you need to work in the UK is a National Insurance number. Apply for this on the first day of your job by calling Job Plus and arranging a time.

 

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