The recruitment process can be a gruelling ordeal, especially for graduates as companies ensure that each candidate is assessed thoroughly to see if they are suitable for a position within their organisation.
For international students it is twice as hard due to the fact that not only do you have to practice, and educate yourself on what UK graduate employers are looking for, but you have to do it all while communicating in your 2nd and sometimes 3rd or fourth language. Now that’s tough!
However as with most things in life which are difficult, there are ways that you can avoid the most commonly made mistakes made by the majority of international students who attempt to gain a post graduate role with a UK employer, and thus make things more achievable.
I’m going to cover these things in this article so that you can save yourself valuable time and spare yourself needless heartache.
International students aren’t educating themselves on the recruitment process
This is my number one rule and it is something that you can find throughout my website as I mention it in almost every article I write. Now I don’t do this because I like repeating myself, it’s because I can’t stress enough how important it is to understand the UK graduate recruitment process.
Informing and educating yourself should be one of the first things you do if you are serious about gaining sponsorship in the UK and yet, I still encounter so many international students and graduates that don’t have a clear idea about how UK employers will assess them for the roles they offer.
Imagine trying to go into your chosen career without your degree or any related work experience. How would you know what to do in the job? How would you know what your boss is expecting from you in the role? You would need to have a decent understanding before you started the job right?
I completely understand that you are probably studying a difficult subject, while trying to adapt to a different culture and balancing your social life along with your deadlines. Well BOOHOO………….Sorry guys but there are many more international students in the UK who are in the exact same position as you and they manage to find the time to educate themselves about the recruitment process and what they may encounter. No excuses!!
However to help you guys save more time, you can find out more about the different stages of the UK graduate recruitment process here
Once educated practice on your weaknesses
The next major issue that stops international graduates from passing the recruitment process is preparation.
Once you are educated on the different stages of the process then you should make time to practice on the areas where you are weakest. This will require you to have some level of self-reflection and assessment of your own abilities and skill level. If you are unaware of what areas you are weak, then you should get assessed by a professional graduate career coach.
For example do you need to practice your interview techniques? Do you need to practice doing more online psychometric tests so that your brain adjusts to answering questions within a given time limit? Do you need to improve your applications and how you express your suitability in a written format?
Either way there are too many of you that don’t know, or don’t put in the required time to improve your areas of weakness and this almost always results in students being rejected by a UK graduate employer at some stage or another.
Preparation is the key to success in anything and it is a tactic I see used by many international graduates who are successful in obtaining a job and sponsorship with a reputable UK company.
Leaving it until the last minute
OK, so let me set the record straight on this. If you have any plans of gaining a post graduate job in the UK after your studies, you cannot wait until AFTER YOUR DEGREE to start applying.
Depending on weather you are doing a bachelors or a Master’s degree, you will only have a limited amount of time left on your tier 4 visa once you have finished your final term. This is not the time to begin looking for a job under the tier 2 or the tier 5 visas.
In an ideal situation you should be spending this time changing over to one of the work visas for a position that you have been offered with a company, not beginning your applications.
You can’t blame your friends or your university career service for not informing you of the best time to start applying. If you are serious about getting work experience here then the responsibility is yours and you should have conducted the required research beforehand.
The timing of your application is crucial to your success and giving yourself enough time to research, prepare, go through the recruitment process and switch your visa. You can find out more about applying and when to start looking here
So now you know the major reasons for international students not passing the UK graduate recruitment process. In a nutshell the keys to success are to
Prepare and practice
Time your application
I promise you if you follow these simple rules, you will dramatically increase your chances of obtaining the job you want, with the UK employer you want.
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