Online interviews and graduate stress

For those students who are due to graduate from university they are no doubt nervous for the road ahead. After experiencing two years of learning from home they are expected to somehow go out into the world and look for graduate jobs. A lot of interviews are now conducted online also due to Covid-19 and this poses even more problems.

A graduate scheme is the perfect chance for students to experience what it is like to be in the working world. It is an entry level job where an employer can provide you a training program which teaches you multiple working areas, allowing you to build your experience and knowledge within that industry.

One student who wishes to remain anonymous has just finished their final university exams and has been struggling to figure out what they want to do and where they should be applying. This student was supposed to be taking a year in industry over the past year, but because of Covid-19 this was made extremely difficult. Due to the lack of opportunities available this led to them having to go straight into their third year of university without the experience they had hoped for.

“I have had one interview so far, but it was not what I had expected. I had to record my answers to some questions, only having around two minutes to answer each one, I found this very nerve-racking and because of that I did not make it through to the next round.”

This student would have much preferred a face-to-face interview where they could speak directly to a person rather than to a camera lens.

Unfortunately, this is the case for a lot of other graduating university students who are trying to find jobs within their preferred industry. During the UK national lockdowns apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have become increasingly popular, and they will no doubt continue to be used when life is completely back to normal.

Preparing for a Zoom interview can be even more daunting as not only do you need to prepare for the normal ‘Why do you want to work for our company?’ questions, you also have to consider technical aspects. For example, if you have to deliver a presentation you will need to share your screen with your interviewer. Even something as simple as stopping your dog from walking in the room can be an added level of stress.  

These issues as well as the idea of leaving university and needing an income can be very stressful for graduate students.

Click on the link below to read some top tips about how to ace a Zoom interview.

18 Tips for Succeeding During Your Zoom Interview

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