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The 15 Stages of a Graduate Job Interview, As Told By The Hunger Games

Sometimes going to an interview for a graduate job is exactly like being in the Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favour.

1. As soon as you saw a job that doesn’t require 100 years of industry experience you couldn’t get your CV in fast enough.

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2. And because you’re so used to never hearing back, it shocked you to discover you have an interview.

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3. Everyone immediately starts to give you well-intentioned advice.

Most of which is relatively useless.

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4. Or they start telling you about every single interview they’ve ever been to.

And it’s just not helpful.

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5. Preparing for the interview sometimes feels more difficult than preparing for anything you had to do at university.

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6. And you start to over-think everything way too much.

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7. You go in and try to be as charming and interesting as possible.

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8. But you end up not being able to hide how overwhelmed you really are.

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9. And worry so much about giving a good answer to every question that you then realise you haven’t been listening properly.

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10. Or that the joke you awkwardly attempted to make actually sounded really serious.

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11. You’re asked if you have any questions but literally can’t think of anything intelligent to say.

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12. And when they want to know how your degree has prepared you for the role you don’t have an answer.

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13. And end up just sitting and nodding in response to everything that’s being said.

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14. You have to actively stop yourself from asking them to just give you the job here and now.

Just help me; how will I ever gain industry experience if I never get a job?

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15. Until finally making way more of an awkward exit than you intended.

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