10 Stages Every Graduate Will Go Through When They Get a Job Interview
Searching for a graduate job is a gruelling and time-consuming task. A lot of companies won’t even respond to your application. But when you are finally offered an interview, your response is likely to be a bit more mixed than you might have originally thought.
1. Overjoyed, you celebrate. Probably too much.
You have an interview – your life is back on track! Time to phone family, friends and anyone else who ever doubted your choice of degree.
2. You get ahead of yourself a little bit.
Getting an interview does not mean you have the actual job. You should probably stop phoning people and offering to buy them drinks with your first pay cheque.
3. You put all those cramming skills you learnt at uni to good use.
You need to learn everything you can about this company/job from Google so that you can outshine every other interviewee on the day.
4. But you hit a wall and consider giving up entirely.
There’s no way you can memorise every single award this company’s ever been nominated for. There’s no point in even going.
5. Then your confidence kicks in.
You decide to work out what you can bring to the role. You write down all your achievements and start to prepare a massive portfolio to showcase your work, which includes your high school prefect certificate.
6. And you start to think you’re too good for the job.
After collating all your old awards, you are reminded of how great you are. Any company would love to have you. You’re not even sure this job is what you are looking for any more…
7. You crash back down to reality.
Who are you kidding? You’ve been unemployed for 6 months. This interview is your only hope.
8. In an attempt to de-stress, you congratulate yourself on getting this far.
At least you got an interview, you tell yourself the night before. You should be proud of yourself for that.
9. You spend the whole morning rehearsing.
You practise the interview on your way there. The other passengers on the bus look slightly alarmed at the sight of you holding a conversation with yourself.
10. And in the end you’re ready for whatever happens.
Whether you get the job or not, you’re just glad it will all be over soon.