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Interviews are 'crucial' for graduate jobs

Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009   Category: Career Advice

An employment expert has said that well-performing students are missing out on graduate jobs because they lack skills when it comes to interview technique.

Evolutions UK, which provides one-on-one training and development courses for graduates, said that university leavers with good grades are not guaranteed the position they want unless they brush up on interview skills.

David Baker, managing director of the firm, explained that interviews rely on "personality, professionalism and the ability to describe how your skills would apply to the particular role," rather than qualifications.

He added: "I do think that the best qualified don't get the best jobs because they lack the skills to influence decision makers at this vital stage. They may have excellent qualifications but this does not mean they are any good at describing how these would apply in the real world."

Those concerned about writing a good CV recently received tips from the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, which advised tailoring each application to individual employers.

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