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The Right Attitude when Approaching Your Graduate Job Search

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There is no doubt that preparation is key when applying for graduate jobs, but so is having the right kind of attitude. Staying focused and not being too nervous is easier said than done, but it will be no surprise to hear that it produces the best results.

There is no doubt that preparation is key when applying for graduate jobs, but so is having the right kind of attitude. Staying focused and not being too nervous is easier said than done, but it will be no surprise to hear that it produces the best results.<br/><br/>One part of the application process that many students and graduates fear is the interview. It is normal to be nervous but sometimes it is all too easy to focus on the negative points, rather than on the reasons why you were called for an interview. You may not be able to give perfect answers for all the questions, but even then the position will not be beyond your reach.<br/><br/>Having the right frame of mind is part of the overall preparation process. It is useful to prepare answers to typical questions, but try to tailor them to the specific company and industry. Also, it is worthwhile having mock interviews, whether they be organised through your university careers service or with a friend who asks you questions. Previous experience of being 'grilled' with questions will make it much less of a surprise when the real day arrives.<br/><br/>Sometimes people focus so much on the actual content of the interview and ensuring that they have memorised all the right answers, that they lose sight of the soft skills. For example, it is worthwhile planning your journey in advance (and building in a contingency plan) to avoid a panic on the day. Also, make sure that you dress smartly and are confident when you arrive at the company's office. It is commonly said that first impressions are important and recovering from a poor introduction is hard to achieve.<br/><br/>Overall, it is quite easy to get too nervous when faced with an interview, so it is necessary to stay confident and focused. Preparation is crucial and having the right kind of mindset is part of that. This will not only help you to get the best out of your ability, but will probably mean that the experience is less painful on the whole!
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Arnab has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics and Economic History from the LSE and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA).

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