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My Assessment Centre Experience

By Caitlin Aykroyd, Financial Mathematics graduate Have you been invited to an assessment centre? Congratulations! You have made it to the business end of the recruitment process, where many employers make their final selection decisions. Assessment centres are usually made-up of activities designed to assess your suitability for the role. Read on to hear insights …

From Graduate to Graduate Scheme and Everything Inbetween

By Max Cooper, BA Hons History graduate I’ll start by saying that I never considered myself to be within the bracket of students who got placed on internships or graduate schemes. If I can get a place on a graduate scheme then the vast majority can provided that they prepare accordingly. What I believe allowed …

Managing Interview Stress With Mindfulness Meditation

By Maisy Sheldon, Biotechnology with Industrial Year student Sweaty palms, elevated heart rate, racing thoughts, and the inability to focus are common symptoms of interview stress and anxiety. For those who have limited or no interviewing experience, preparing for and doing an interview may be nerve-racking. Interviews are uncomfortable and one of the most difficult …

Psychometric Tests – Expect the Unexpected

By Darryl Giffts-Walker, Environmental Science with Industrial Year graduate If you’re looking for a graduate role or an internship, it’s more than possible that you will come across psychometric tests as part of the recruitment and selection process. It’s not just confined to the industries you might expect, but common across all sectors and career …

How I Prepared for My Placement Interview

Chuwei Liu, Risk Management student, Nottingham Business School We asked Chuwei to share his recent interview experience when applying for a role with Postgraduate Placements Nottingham (PPN).  A placement appealed to Chuwei because he wanted to experience the UK working environment and culture. He also wanted to practise his English skills and strengthen his communication …

What Assessment Centres Involve and How To Navigate Them

By Katie Knowles, MSc Clinical and Molecular Microbiology graduate Before I delve into what assessment centres are like, I want to share some background information on myself. I have a part-time job currently and yet I have never made a CV or had an interview. To prepare for these daunting tasks, I went to the …

STAR Technique – A Simple Method for Acing Scenario-Based Interview Questions

By Oliver Struthers, LLM Human Rights Law alumnus After completing my masters in Human Rights Law last September, I began my job hunt for a graduate-level role in the charity or not-for-profit sector. As is the case with most graduates, I massively underestimated how difficult attaining a job would prove to be and my six-month …

Internships: Search, Apply, Interview, Success!

By Leonie Farrar, religion, philosophy, and ethics student blogger Over the last eight weeks I have gone through the process of finding, applying, interviewing, and securing a summer internship. Read on for my step-by-step experience: Search In April I was nearing the end of my degree and wanted to start preparing my next step. This …

Top Tips for New Engineering Graduates in 2022

By an Ignys team of hardware and software engineers There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in electronics engineering – especially with the rise of IoT technologies. The trick is being able to keep on top of all the rapid changes in the industry. Engineers from Nottingham based Ignys design consultancy, …

My Advice for Coping with Rejection From Grad Schemes

By Anna McConachie, English Student Blogger Facing rejection is demoralising, demotivating and down-right difficult. Unfortunately, as graduates we are likely to face a lot of it. Here is how I have been dealing with rejection from grad schemes recently.  Process your emotions Being rejected hurts. After spending hours on an application, agonising over assessment questions, …