The Intergen Experience awaits you…
The Intergen graduate program has been running since day one. In fact, our first ever grad still works here! Over the years, the program has evolved to include new roles and new challenges as the application process we use to select the most “yellow” grads becomes more robust.
A key part of our application is to complete a one way video interview – an awkward situation if ever there was one. If you’re not familiar, it’s where you record yourself answering questions aimed at finding out more about you, professionally and personally, that pop up on the screen, and you have about 2 attempts to answer before moving onto the next question.
The result? A sometimes rather humourous display of human discomfort as candidates endeavour to think on their feet and answer questions in their best Ron Burgundy impression. Just kidding…well, sometimes.
So why do we do it? The video is your cover letter: If your CV isn’t filled with amazing internships at Google or your grades don’t represent those of a valedictorian, then the video is your chance to let us see who you are and why you would be a great Intergenite! We’re asking questions to find out what’s important to you, what sort of experience you have and the values you hold to – which is very important to us. Show your personality, your passion and what makes you an individual.
I have big respect for anyone who completes the interview; it’s awkward and embarrassing and something you’re probably keen to forget happened soon after you’ve completed it (like many current Intergenites who have gone through the same thing!).
As a result, here’s my top tips for acing it:
- Remember the basics. Make sure you’re in an appropriate space with great connectivity, and a professional background. If you know the internet is dodgy in a certain place, find somewhere else. Likewise, I don’t want to see the suspect posters on your bedroom wall or last week’s laundry. I will laugh.
- Practice! Practice, practice, practice! Spark Hire have a candidate playground you can use and this thing called the internet is full of other practice runs. If you are super nervous, get to it and practice. If you’re not nervous at all, in fact you’re excited for your TV debut…still practice!
- Fake it ‘til you make it. In work, as in life, there will be times where you are so far out of your comfort zone that you have the biggest mind blanks and wonder how anyone has never noticed that you know absolutely nothing. Confidently stride on in there and do what you can. I’m looking for a sense of who you are as a person, not the next Intergen TV anchor.
- Dress the part. Like being in an appropriate space, ensuring you are wearing the right clothes will help you get in the zone. Plus, hoody and jeans isn’t the best way to impress your future employer.
- Size doesn’t matter. Your answers don’t have to be a sprawling monologue like you’re auditioning for Macbeth. Short and to the point works just as well as really detailed accounts. Remember, the total video should be no more than 10 minutes. Get your point across as efficiently as you can.
Graduates are my favourite roles to hire for. Everyone is full of energy and ideas, and it’s great to be able to give fantastic opportunities to people just embarking on their career journey. This is just the first step of many, what are you waiting for?
If you’re keen to apply head to www.intergen.co.nz/graduates to check out the roles and start your application.
Any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be happy to help.
Posted by: Chloe Skidmore, Recruitment Specialist | 06 April 2017
Tags: Graduate Oppportunities, Graduate Recruitment, Graduates
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