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Landing That Elusive Graduate Job
A Guide to Graduate Interviewing
Oracle Campus Recruitment Team
Table of Contents
• • • • • • Introduction Where to Start? Where should you go to look for Graduate Opportunities? Opening the interview door? Preparing a Great Resume Interview Preparation: Getting Ready for the Interview Interviews: You have your Foot in the Door, What now? – Telephone Interview – Behavioral Interviews – Group interviews – Technical Interviews • Your Work Has Paid Off. Being Offered the Role • You have accepted the Job, what now?
the final year of their studies is a very busy time. etc. Graduates also need to start thinking about making that transition to life after University.. With so many different areas taking up Graduates time (school.Introduction • For many students. I need to prepare and organise to get ready. The coursework is demanding and you want to make sure you are ready for final exams so you can finish your University Career on a high note. I will begin my professional career soon. family and friends. We hope this helps and wish you the best of luck in your future career (potentially with Oracle). 3 .) some forward planning and organising may help Graduates work out what it is they want to do after University and work out the best way to get there. While focusing on your studies and enjoying your University lifestyle. • • We have put together a brief “How to Interview” Guide for Graduate Opportunities to help you make that transition from University to Corporate life. career choice.
• 4 . The thinking that it is best to apply for everything and anything out there may not make best use of your time. Decide your Career options. etc. • • There are numerous Graduate opportunities available. Then proceed with looking for Job opportunities. For example. Once you know what you want to do – you can target Graduate opportunities that apply to you. So now you know you want to be a Programmer.Where to Start? • The first thing you need to work out before you start applying for a Graduate opportunity is to answer the question: What do I want to do? Every person has different career ambitions. We will help you evaluate where and how you need to look for opportunities. What is it you enjoy doing in your University studies? Do you enjoy Java programming or your Economics classes? Once you work out what it is you enjoy you can then start to look for and search for Graduate opportunities that will take you where you want to go. The next thing to consider is: Where should you go to look for Graduate Opportunities? Decide what you want to do. Banker. if your objective is to be a Java Programmer applying for a Business Graduate Program may not be the best program for you to apply for. Lawyer.
Utilising information online through search and social networking. Both of these ways work and utilising both means of search together will likely return the best result for you. 5 .Where should you go to look for Graduate Opportunities? • There are two schools of thought on searching for Graduate Programs: 1. The traditional way and 2.
A Google search using the right keywords can give you fantastic results and all from the comfort of your home. etc…. BBS System. This is a tried and tested way for Graduates to find a Graduate Job opportunity. Twitter Account. etc… All of these are great ways to find out about Graduate Programs and Companies who are hiring. talking you your career counselors. This can be done through a company website. • With the explosion of information available on the internet – many companies now broadcast information about their Graduate Roles and Programs online. Facebook page.What is the difference between looking for a Graduate role the traditional way and via an online search? • Traditional Graduate Job Searching involves: includes looking for jobs on your Campus Job Board or website. There could be numerous companies hiring Graduate Programmers in your city – it is a case of searching them out and connecting with them. Companies want to be found online and they will share information about their Graduate Program and hiring plans – it is often a case of “if you search for it. going to Campus Talks when companies visit Universities. Online Forums. 6 . you will find it”.
By now you know the type of role you want and you have found the dream Company you want to work and they are hiring. What now? 7 .
Research Yourself What should you do before you write a resume? Research the Position Research the Organization 8 . skills and abilities.Opening the Interview Door? Preparing a Great Resume • A good Resume is a key which can open the interview door for you. experience. job objective. • A good resume needs to summarize your basic information. education background. How do you convince an employer to interview you in 30 seconds? Let me show you.
5 or above) Relevant coursework Academic honors Skills and Abilities Both technical skill and nontechnical skill Job Objective What do you want to do? What can you do? Think twice Target the skills/experience listed in the position that is being advertised 9 . State.Opening the interview door? Preparing a Great Resume Basic Information Make it stand out Experience Employer’s name City and state of employer Employment dates Job title Tasks and accomplishments Name Phone Number E-mail Address Street Address City. Zip Education Name of University Type of degree Major Date of graduation GPA (if 3.
including a tie. remember first impressions count 10 . • Be well groomed and presentable. your mannerisms and how you are dressed.Interview Preparation: Getting Ready for the Interview: “The first impression can be a lasting impression. their people) • Dress appropriately: Find out what is the best way to dress depending on the country. where this may not make sense in all countries or locations. If the company has specified the dress code. it would be best to adhere. your appearance. • Dress appropriately: Formal or Casual? Talk to your Recruiter and find out. • Research the company. Regardless of the type of clothes make sure you wear clean and comfortable clothes. culture and weather. it is important to pay enough attention to this essential fact. For example in some locations companies may expect students in formal wear.” Considering this. It takes a few seconds for the interviewer to evaluate you based on your body language. their products. find out about the company (what do they do. their culture.
extra writing paper and a pen as well as all relevant documents in a folder. in their enthusiasm to appear for the interview. remember to switch off your mobile or to keep in on silent mode. If possible carry a bottle of water and a snack. • Rest well and be relaxed: A good night’s sleep before your interview will allow you to begin your day in the right frame of mind and with all the energy you will need. Many students. which may not leave you at your best. just in case your interview is delayed. If possible. • Depending on the type of interview you may want to bring with you: Place 2 copies of the resume. • Eat a good breakfast – this will help fuel you through the day. 11 . skip their meal. Carry a few copies of the passport size photos. Just before the interview.Interview Preparation: Getting Ready for the Interview: . place a glue-stick and a mini stapler in your folder.
you have answered any online aptitude tests and now it is time for interviewing. Some different types of interview that you may be asked to participate in: 12 . What now? • You have sent in your resume.Interviews: You have your Foot in the Door. I have been selected to come in for an interview. Some technical. What can I expect when interviewing? • There are a number of different types of interviews that companies may put you through. the main thing to remember is to be yourself – companies want to hire YOU the person that you are. some behavioral – remember companies are looking to hire people who not only can do the job they have open but they also are looking for Graduates who will fit into that company’s culture and ethic. so be yourself. You haven’t interviewed before but don’t stress.
• Employers are likely looking for information to ensure you meet their criteria whether it is technical fit or why you want to work with them. • Telephone interviews tend to be pre-screening type interviews that can last for anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. It is still an interview and the person talking to you will be assessing you based on your discussion with them. do not take this interview lightly. 13 .Telephone Interview • Just because this is talking place on the phone.
. You can use experiences outside work/school as well such as community work or sports if it demonstrates your point. write out some questions and rehearse the answers to either a friend or family member.. 14 .. To prepare.. In behavioral interviews companies’ link behaviors that you exhibited to core competencies. Situation Task Action Result :Tell us a time when you. 2. Go through your resume to refresh your memory about your school history. :What was the outcome? • • • Companies are looking for how well you articulate your answer through the 4 phases listed above...Behavioral Interviews • The thinking behind behavioral interviews is that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. 4. 3. An example of a behavioral question could be: "Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult coworker or customer?" Behavioral questions tend to follow the STAR Format: 1. :How did you go about completing your task / project? :Step us through how you went about completing the task / project.. With the proper preparation you will be ready for this type of interview.
Group interviews • Candidates may be required to participate in group exercises. • The competencies/skills that may be observed may include communication and interpersonal skills. During these exercises the interviewers watch and listen to the candidates to see how they interact with others. leadership. These can take the form of group problem-solving sessions where each candidate's contributions and participation is noted. 15 . organisational skills and the ability to work as a team-member. to deal with feedback and to analyse and problem-solve. work in a team to assess candidates against a set of competencies. the ability to influence others. Other behaviors that interviewers may be looking for may include the ability to handle stress.
companies will invest the time and effort to teach you the technology they use.Technical Interviews • Technical interviews can be completed online or in person. Software Development is a wide and varied field. • Interviewers are not trying to trick you. Remember in a Graduate Program. They are many ways for companies to measure and assess your technical aptitude or competence in a given technical skill set. they likely want to see the thought process involved you use to come to a solution. Even the best developers get stuck. • In software development roles it is all about problem solving. They are likely assessing if you have the capability to learn and work with that technology. 16 . Successful developers know how to create answers to technical problems or find ways around road blocks.
It is not a decision taken lightly. 17 . • This is an exciting time. Some Graduates will be wondering what all they can do after receiving a call from the company congratulating them that they have been offered a role in their Graduate Development Program.Your Work Has Paid Off: Being Offered the Role • This landing a “Graduate Job” process is probably longer and more involved than you first thought. You want to make an informed decision. make sure to celebrate your success . • When the Company contacts you to inform you of their decision.but stay focused on completing your studies and your University career on a strong note. Companies want to make sure they hire the right people who could become future leaders of the company. take the opportunity to ask any outstanding questions you may have. • With many Graduate Programs you may be offered a graduate role before you even complete your studies and you may not start for 3-6 months after you actually receive your formal Letter of Offer.
1. The last thing you want to do is have to turn down your dream opportunity because you didn’t complete all your subjects. If you haven’t looked already – many companies have blogs or Facebook pages where you can get some great information and insight into the company you are joining. 2. 3. Find out what is the company you will be joining will really be about. If you are still completing your studies. What Now? Graduates may be wondering what all they can do after receiving a call from the company congratulating them that they have been offered a role in their Graduate Development Program. While you are waiting to start your new role you can take this opportunity to read up more about the company. 18 . Read about the history and services products so that you will get a better understanding of the environment and culture. buckle down and finish your studies on a strong note.You Have Accepted the Job.
You will find yourself happier after giving back to the society to those who much needed the help. you may need to adjust your late nights on weekday’s since the next day will be a working day and you will need to be sharp at work. What you wore in University may not necessarily be appropriate in a corporate environment. If you have time. If you have been used to weekday evenings at the University Pub. You will also want to start stocking up on business attire that is needed for work with a few basic safe colors to match for a start and slowly add on to your closet. 5. get involved in volunteer work and keep yourself occupied. It’s Welcome to working life. 6. A good idea is to talk to some of your peers who already are in the workforce and ask them how life has been different for them since they finished University. 7. What Now? 4. 19 . Go out and have fun but Late nights out may have to be reserved for Friday/Saturday nights.You Have Accepted the Job. It’s probably still waking up in the morning but to go to work instead of attending lectures at school.
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