Once you have a found an employer who is able to sponsor you, the last thing standing between you and your chosen graduate job is the recruitment process.
As I’ve mentioned before, it is impossible to know for sure the exact process you will encounter with any given graduate employer, but understanding the most common practices will put you at an advantage as you go through each stage.
The problem with most international students is that you don’t have the time to do enough research while undertaking your studies. Due to this, most international students don’t read up and inform themselves before hand, or don’t know where to start their research. This results in most candidates applying without any prior knowledge, and this is a guaranteed path to failure.
Do you want to understand what most UK graduate employers have in place for their graduate jobs and give yourself and fighting chance?
In this article I will give you the most common recruitment processes that employers have in place. This will be a valuable resource if you want to pass the recruitment stages so make sure you read through to the end as I have a treat for you.
Research reveals UK graduate employers most preferred recruitment methods
Research conducted by Loughborough University included a survey based on the recruitment practices of graduate employers in the UK. The survey was conducted to analyse and compare not only their recruitment practices, but their attitudes in comparison to employers in other countries.
This is a key insight in understanding the most common practices of UK graduate recruiters. Some of the interesting statistics uncovered from the survey were:
At the application stage, online application were most popular as opposed to CV’s and covering letters with 73% of employers stating they used this method
Telephone interviewing was quite widely used among recruiters with 58.5% choosing to use this option
An interesting result was observed regarding online testing of applicants. Employers seemed to opt more for aptitude testing over any other showing 52.8% using aptitude tests, and 43.1% preferring personality and psychological testing
Another high statistic related to the use of traditional interviews with 73.2% of employers including them in their recruitment process
67.5% used assessment centres to assess applicants
As the survey shows, a number of UK graduate employers tend to lean more towards one type of recruitment process over others so you should have a basic understanding of each of the recruitment processes so that you know what to expect.
Now that I have given you some knowledge about what recruitment processes graduate employers have in place, you should take this information further and use it to help you decide which areas you should spend more of your time familiarising yourself with.
There will be areas within which you can read about what you may face, and there are others where you will have to practice and critique yourself in order to prepare.
I want you to download the mini guide called ‘Understanding the Graduate Recruitment Process in the UK’ and use it to assist you in getting yourself up to speed.
I have put together some useful information from various sources so that you can use the mini guide as a resource that you can repeatedly refer back to. This will save you an unbelievable amount of time as you will now have all you need to know compiled and saved into one place.
Don’t forget to share this information with any other international students who would like to prepare for a graduate job. You already know my saying, ‘Sharing is Caring’ and it’s completely free for anyone interested.
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