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Grad jobs seekers 'desire serious interviews'

Published: Tuesday, 11 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

Graduate jobs hunters are most likely to be impressed by employers who interview in a formal manner, rather than ask obtuse questions, it has been suggested.

Speaking to The Appointment, Sainsbury's graduate recruitment manager Jo Gidley commented that job hunters desire "a serious focus on the employment opportunity during interviews, which are conducted in "a personable, interested and bespoke style".

"Employers should realise that interviews are a two-way process as candidates are looking for a good first impression and wanting a real affinity with the company," she adds.

Ms Gidley comments that recruiters who attempt to forcibly introduce a fun element into the interview process risk seeing the highest quality candidates look elsewhere for employment.

Also commenting to the news provider, Sainsbury's graduate ambassador Helen Prince said graduates were happy to be tested, but they "see more sense" in questions related to "broad thinking around the job they might have to do".

Last month, Joe McDermott, chief executive of Interviewgold.com, claimed that possessing excellent interview skills is vital for those seeking placements on the most competitive graduate schemes.

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