Graduate recruitment steps explained

understanding recruitment

Graduate recruitment is an investment, and understanding how it works will help you be better prepared.

‘Why should we employ you?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions at an interview and a graduate who lacks the job interview training to answer this question will not get very far in the graduate recruitment process.

What really is at stake here is whether you are worth the employer’s investment. Here is why.

The graduate employer’s dilemma

Finding the right person for the job is a long and expensive process for companies. If they use a recruitment agency, they will have to pay 10%-33% of your annual salary for the agency’s services – usually over £1000.

Imagine that you are offered a salary of £20,000 per annum. As soon as you are hired, your employer will have to pay the recruitment agency £2,000 or more, with the possibility that you may not like the job and leave after three months. How can they avoid this? By hand-picking candidates that come across as reliable, trustworthy and able to fit well with the attitude of the company.

Nearly half of all newly-graduated employees will leave their jobs within five years.

This is another factor in why employers are so picky about who they employ. It’s no small matter to invest in and train a graduate and the prospect of them only staying for the short-term is one that many companies are wary of. You need to be able to convince the employer that you are willing to commit yourself to a position. If you can’t, they will choose someone who can.

UK employers spend £1.4bn per year on recruitment advertising. If the company does the recruiting themselves, it’s just as expensive and much more time-consuming. A job description needs to be thought about and written in a way that ensures the right people apply. The advert also has to be displayed in the right places and paid for.

A 2009 survey conducted by the Association of Graduate Recruiters found that an average of 48 university graduates compete for each graduate job on the market. As soon as a job advertisement is placed, CVs start flooding in. Time and people need to be allocated to look through them. But these people are few in number and short on time. It is really important that you grab their attention and get to the point quickly.

Getting into the mind of the interviewer

You are at the interview. What’s your interviewer thinking? Having some awareness of this can help you demonstrate the interview skills needed to win the job. Employers look for candidates who come across as reliable, trustworthy and able to fit well with the attitude of the company. They will be investing their trust in you. Are you good enough to give them confidence in this? When your CV and cover letter are being read, you don’t get second chances – and you don’t get much time. Grab their attention and stand out.

Job interview tips on Graduate Recruitment

With so many applications, so little time and so much at stake, employers often use a range of methods to find the right candidate:

  • CV and cover letter entry
  • Application form completion
  • Telephone interview
  • 1st Interview
  • 2nd Interview AND presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Final Interview
  • Selection

Get Started on Standing Out

In order to get that amazing graduate job, you need to stand out from the pack. So check out our sections on CV & Cover Letter writing, Telephone and Face-to-Face Interviews, Psychometric Testing and showing that you want and know all about the job you want.

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