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.
2. And because you’re so used to never hearing back, it shocked you to discover you have an interview.
3. Everyone immediately starts to give you well-intentioned advice.
Most of which is relatively useless.
4. Or they start telling you about every single interview they’ve ever been to.
And it’s just not helpful.
5. Preparing for the interview sometimes feels more difficult than preparing for anything you had to do at university.
6. And you start to over-think everything way too much.
7. You go in and try to be as charming and interesting as possible.
8. But you end up not being able to hide how overwhelmed you really are.
9. And worry so much about giving a good answer to every question that you then realise you haven’t been listening properly.
10. Or that the joke you awkwardly attempted to make actually sounded really serious.
11. You’re asked if you have any questions but literally can’t think of anything intelligent to say.
12. And when they want to know how your degree has prepared you for the role you don’t have an answer.
13. And end up just sitting and nodding in response to everything that’s being said.
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?