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1 What Employers Want Kristian Rumble – Graduate Employment Manager

2 University Flexible schedule Few significant changes You decide your time, hobbies, etc You choose your performance levels Continuous feedback Flexible dress code Informal environment Work Structured schedule Frequent & unexpected changes Employer chooses your time & direction Employer expects 100% all day every day Infrequent feedback Professional dress code Professional environment

3 Why do companies employ graduates?  Managers of the future who run their own operations & make crucial business decisions unsupervised  People looking for a career not just a job; people with a long term view  Professional image to maintain

4 The core competencies that are most popular with graduate recruiters include :  Communication  Teamwork  Leadership  Initiative  Problem Solving  Flexibility/adaptability  Self Awareness  Commitment  Interpersonal skills  Numeracy  IT Knowledge  Commercial Awareness

5 What does a competency look like?  Sales/Persuasion – ability to promote a product or idea effectively and be able to influence peoples opinions, by utilising good listening skills and excellent communication.  Communication – ability to speak in a concise, articulate manner with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.  Leadership – to be able to command respect, lead by example and motivate, support and manage employees

6 What does a competency look like?  Work Ethic/Results Driven – to be committed and dedicated to obtaining the best results, remaining target driven and devoted to fulfilling the companies values.  Customer Service – the ability to communicate professionally with all customers, build rapport and guarantee all customers are entirely satisfied.  Flexibility – to be able to adapt to changing circumstances and environments with ease and take on board new ideas and concepts

7 Commercial Awareness The economy Markets – local and global Financial systems Government policies Industry insights and market intelligence Vocabulary of a specific industry

8 Relating your skills Focus on presenting evidence from your: – Academic achievements – Work Experience – Voluntary work – Involvement in clubs or societies – Part time work

9 Online Applications – what employer want...  Correct spelling and grammar  Answers that portray a positive attitude  Detailed answers  Relevant work experience  Evidence of core competencies  That you have sold yourself at every opportunity

10 Avoid the following...  Taking an excessive amount of time to complete  Unrealistic salary and expected working hours  Not reading over your application before submitting  Negative comments about previous employers  Unnecessary information  Poor spelling/grammar/vocabulary

11 Generic Statements “I’m an excellent team player” “A dynamic worker” “Great communicator” “Sound technical ability”

12 The Recruitment Process - Statistics

13 Telephone Interviews – what employers look for  Clear communication  Enthusiastic tone  Evidence that you have done your research  Detailed answers  Relevant examples - portray your “core competencies” throughout the screen  Questions at the end

14 Avoid...  Avoid letting the phone ring too long  Answer in a professional manner  Avoid someone else answering the phone  Avoid inappropriate background noise  Keep a clear track of applications & their source  Don’t ask “How did I do” at the end

15 Employers want to know about your behaviour  The interviewing method in which candidates are asked to give specific examples of their past performance or behaviour in job related areas.  Past performance predicts future behaviour  Interviewers seek specific examples of actual tasks or situations.

16 Measuring your behaviour  “Give me a specific example of a time when you…”  "Tell me about a time when you …”  "Describe a time when you … “

17 Face to face interviews Employers want to see the following:  Arrive early  Confidence  Correct dress  Know who you are meeting with  Have lots relevant of examples  Someone that can SELL themselves

18 Avoid...  Calling for directions 5 minutes before your interview  Being Scruffy  Bringing your parents  Slouching in your chair  Using slang/swearing  Having no questions to ask

19 Assessment Days – employers look for:  Volunteer at every opportunity  Listening skills  Team players  Candidates who are positive and supportive  Confidence  Positive attitude  Creative thinking

20 Situation. How, when, where, with whom? "Whilst employed at Weaver Bros. last summer Task. Describe the situation or the task you were faced with. I was given the task of rationalising the stock control system Action. What action did YOU take? I would look at factors such as when the stock was last ordered, what it was used for and how often it was used. I worked out a method of streamlining the paperwork involved in this process and redesigned the relevant forms, which I then submitted to my manager. Result. What results did you achieve/conclusions did you reach/what did you learn from the experience? My ideas were accepted and implemented and a 15% reduction in stock levels was achieved"

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