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Time-Tested Tips and Tricks for the Graduate Leadership Program Interview Experience

4 MINUTE READ | November 11, 2020

Time-Tested Tips and Tricks for the Graduate Leadership Program Interview Experience

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Ally Vidor

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If you’re reading this, it’s too late.

Just kidding — you’re right on time! Whether you’re about to apply or in the final stages of the process, it never hurts to do a little prep work. And honestly, the key to having a great interview usually starts there: preparation. We all know that interviews (no matter the kind) can be stressful situations, which is why we’ve curated a list of time-tested tips and tricks to help eliminate some of that stress. Practice makes perfect, and by following these steps, you’re well on your way to having a great interview with our team.

Read the role description, again — Unsurprisingly, we recommend the first thing you do before interviewing is to read the job description thoroughly. From there, you can begin brainstorming practical applications of how your education, background, or interests make you a good fit for the role. 

Have examples ready to go — Come to the interview with examples of your previous work or projects that showcase your abilities. These can be examples you keep in mind for conversation or tangible versions that you walk through with the interviewee.

Do your research and prepare insightful questions — Have thoughtful questions prepared in advance, and don’t miss this opportunity to ask the interviewer about the role, the company, and their personal experience at PMG. Boilerplate questions, such as “what do you do here?” will likely be answered during your conversation, so be thinking of insightful questions that demonstrate your interest in the company and the opportunity ahead of time.

Here are some sample questions to consider:

  • Why was this program created? 

  • What kind of mentorship will I receive in this program?

  • How does the program placement process work?

  • What’s the biggest challenge most people face in this role? Why do you think that is? 

  • What does success look like in this program? 

Remember that as much as this time is an opportunity for our team to learn more about you, this is also your time to determine if PMG is right for you and whether or not you could see yourself working here. 

Brush up on your research and presentation skills — Before your final  interview, you’ll be given a project brief in which you will need to prepare and deliver a presentation as a part of the interview experience. The presentation opportunity is used so we can better understand how you think and work with data to problem-solve, so use your available resources (Google is always a great tool, as are professors, career advisors, and friends or family members). 

Storytelling with data is a difficult skill to master — and we by no means expect you to be an expert — but a great first step to demonstrate your curiosity and willingness to learn is having confidence in your insights as you make a case for why you approached your particular project brief the way you did.

Show your personality — Interviews can be very stiff and formal occasions, but they don’t have to be! In the end, we’re all humans trying to find the right fit for our skillsets and interests, so help us get to know you throughout this process. Ask questions, make jokes and conversation, and show us your personality and who you are as a person. We strive for authenticity and transparency in everything we do, so try to have some fun in your interviews — we promise we don’t bite. The more comfortable you are, the better your interview experience will be for everyone involved. 

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