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How To Approach Behavioural Interview Questions

By Stephie Goodman, content manager at Wikijob. Whether you’re applying for your first job or going for a managerial role, interviews can be nerve-wracking. This is partly because the questions can be unpredictable. Whilst there are questions such as “Tell me about yourself” and “Why should we hire you?” that seem to appear in practically …

Playing Games To Get a Job

By Saumya Surendran, MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management We interviewed Saumya to find out about her experience with game-based assessments and how she prepared for them. What did the games involve? There were various different game-based assessments that tested my ability to solve problems quickly and creatively. It’s interesting as the elements of the game …

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

Many University of Nottingham students want to work abroad after they graduate. We asked Luke how he achieved working for Rolls-Royce Deutschland and if he has any key advice to give to students who are keen to work abroad. By Luke Harrison – Thermofluid Systems Engineer, Rolls-Royce Deutschland, and UoN Alumnus During my MEng in …

How To Manage Interview Stress

The Career Wellbeing blog series. We know that thinking about your career, applying for jobs, and moving into the workplace can be exciting, but we also know that sometimes it can present challenges and might be a source of stress or anxiety. That’s why, in this blog series, we will explore some of the things that …

Tracking Down the Right Placement

By Joseph George Walters, PhD Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy In my previous blog, I identified my skill gaps and began to search for work placements to run alongside my PhD study. In this blog I describe my experience of finding, applying, and interviewing for my perfect placement. Finding Before I started looking for a …

Preparing for Virtual Interviews

By Anna Scrivener – Employability Education Projects Officer The pandemic made virtual interviews essential, but now that employers and candidates have seen the benefits it looks like they are here to stay. So, what can you do to best prepare? Before the interview Many students worry that there is a secret to virtual interviews that …

Dissertations and Projects That Influence Your Career Part 2: Interviews

By Katy Skillen, third-year MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics student I’ve recently been given my title for my dissertation next year and I’m very excited about it! Dissertations or final year projects take up a lot of time and it becomes a huge part of your final year at university. So, it’s natural that you’ll want …

A Guide to Pre-Interview Research Into a Company

By Rosie Pinder, BA English second year Everything about an interview can be daunting: what to say, what to wear, how to come across as someone who knows what they are talking about. But the area I find most challenging when preparing for an interview is research, both into the company and the role. Having …

Applications and Interviews: How to Choose Your Best Examples

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Education Projects Officer Competency-based questions are a really popular type of question used by employers during both applications and interviews. These are questions which ask candidates to describe when and how they have demonstrated a particular skill. What is the employer actually looking for? You might be in a position where you’re …

Be prepared for game-based assessments

By Peter Thornton, UoN graduate and Graduates First Consultant Employer assessments often seem mysterious and quite simply difficult to get right. No more is this true than for game-based assessments, now used by 10% of employers. Companies such as PwC, Deloitte, P&G, Unilever, Coca Cola and many more are increasingly looking to harness game technology …