When you attend your assessment centres and final interviews, it is important to understand what employers want from you as the candidate, especially in those later stages in the application process. In all, it depends on the role itself but there are many things that recruiters look out for from potential candidates specifically, here are just a few:

1. Knowledge of the company

This is often underestimated. Knowledge really is power and if you can show you know the ins and outs of their business, competitors and the role itself then you can impress and stand out from everyone else. If you haven't done your research, then this will be very evident from your answers to their questions. Even if they do not ask you directly, try to incorporate your research of the company in your answers.

2. Matching your experiences to what they are looking for

It's all very well stating you are the perfect person for the role, but recruiters will want to hear applied examples based on your experiences on why this is. To do this, you need to know what competencies they seek and the values they hold which can often be found within the careers section of a company's graduate recruitment website or simply in a job specification. For instance, it might be that they are looking for someone with particular analytical skills - show how in the past you have been able to solve a complicated issue/problem.

3. First impressions

You never get a second chance to make a good impression, that's why it is incredibly important. Ensuring that you are wearing appropriate smart clothing, keeping eye contact and smiling are a few ways to maintain a good impression. However, remember it is your chance to show off your personality, so although you may be nervous, do ask them questions and bring out your friendly side (whilst being polite of course). You will be surprised how far these simple points will go.

4. Well thought out questions

Employers need to determine if you genuinely want the role, or if it is one of 50 you have applied for. Therefore, In line with making a good impression and the research of the company you would have done, asking well thought out questions emphasising your interest in the role and the company.

5. Transferable Skills

Recruiters often want to ensure that you have the right set of transferable skills that you can use in the workplace. Transferable skills can be anything from communication, problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills. Naturally, it is always good to get some of these from any work experiences you may have and therefore refer answers back to them so you can demonstrate you have applied them before.

This is just a few key points to consider when in an interview or assessment centre situation, but remember that each should be tailored to the individual company and role. Good luck!