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Graduates demand serious interviews

18 Nov 2008

Graduates demand serious interviews University leavers looking for graduate jobs in London are demanding serious job interviews that give them an insight into the way a company works.

According to Sainsbury's, after speaking to potential recruits from nine UK universities it found that many interview questions were disliked by candidates who expect interviewers to take a more direct approach.

Questions like "what are your worst qualities" were less appreciated than questions like "why do you think you are right for this job".

"At a time when a brand's authenticity, transparency and values are key to consumers and employees alike, what graduate candidates want from an interview is a serious focus on the job in hand," said Jo Gidley, graduate recruitment manager at Sainsbury's.

She added that graduates expected their interview to be conducted in a personable and interested manner.

Meanwhile Cable & Wireless is recruiting graduate engineers for its two-year vocational programme which gives recruits the skills they need to become chartered engineers.

The scheme requires graduates to complete four six-month technical placements and candidates are offered a permanent placement at the end of the programme.

To find and apply for the latest graduate IT jobs in London see our dedicated London IT graduate jobs section.

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