Job interview technique | Professional job interview training

Life is full of transitions; our 18th birthday, our first day at university, our last day at university, our first job or a new job. We usually mark these transitions with a celebration, and quite rightly too. However, some of these life changes are easier than others.  For recent graduates and students at university getting a job just got a whole lot more difficult.

We all know about the recession and the impact that it is starting to have, but for Generation Y students and graduates there is another problem and it’s not about lifestyle choices. The problem is the sheer number of graduates leaving university each year with a First or 2i. (circa 175,000). Competition for the top jobs is intense.

Leading graduate employers can get as many as 10,000 applications for 200 jobs. That’s a 50 to 1 chance of success and it can be worse in popular work areas. One of the world’s top global consumer goods companies gets 100 applications for every single position in its graduate marketing programme.

In order to achieve manageable numbers, top organisations have adopted a two-prong strategy. Firstly, many now take up to 80 per cent of their graduate intake from students who have worked with them as interns or on placement. Secondly, they have put in place a lengthy and tough recruitment process. This usually starts with an online application form – about 50 per cent of applicants fail at this point. Next, employers increasingly use telephone interviewing; this process is often outsourced to a third party and screens out many more candidates. At stage three you have a good chance of meeting the employer, usually at interview, and if you pass that the final stage is, most often, an Assessment Centre.

It is almost an impossible task for the universities to train and coach you to succeed through this process; student numbers are just too great. But students often don’t help themselves. A recent survey by Online Recruitment Magazine showed that only 4 per cent of students are using their university careers service. Instead 80 per cent turn to friends, parents and even Facebook for advice and assistance with job applications.

In today’s economic climate, professional help and support is the best option and this is what we provide. We recommend using graduate2success.co.uk. Their coaches work with some of the world’s best known organisations, for example, AstraZeneca, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco, Shell, BNP Paribus and UNESCO.

If you are a first year student you need to be thinking about where to apply for internships in year two. Take every opportunity to get an internship or placement. Success here dramatically increases your chances of landing a top job. If you are in year two check out the free resources at www.graduate2success.co.uk, which include a timetables for applying for internships and placements.

When you are applying for graduate jobs in your final year or after graduation, their free resources will also be a great help by saving you time in your research and helping you to avoid missing deadlines.  If you are in your final year don’t leave your applications to the last minute; do your research and apply early. Some of the best graduate employers will have completed their recruitment process by Christmas!

 

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