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1 Application Success Application forms through to assessment centres Graduate and Undergraduate Programmes 2012

2 Introductions

3 Presentation titlePage 3 Objectives of this session To provide practical advice on completing application forms Guidance on how to prepare for and to act in the interview To provide practical advice on attending assessment centres

4 Presentation titlePage 4 Presentation title The Graduate Recruitment process INSTRUCTIONS How to apply text styles: Use the Decrease Indent and Increase Indent icons on the Formatting toolbar to apply the appropriate text styles. Keyboard shortcut Promote text style: ALT + SHIFT + (Arrow key) Demote text style: ALT + SHIFT + (Arrow key) Application Ability tests Selecting 1 Selecting 2 Selecting 3

5 Application form techniques

6 Presentation titlePage 6 How to apply www.ey.com/uk

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13 Presentation titlePage 13 Application form strength 2 answers to the question Please describe the most significant achievements (beyond the demands of your degree) that you have attained over the last 3 years, which you feel differentiates you from your peers?

14 Presentation titlePage 14 A I think my A-level grades were a great achievement coupled with my university degree as I was able to prioritise my studies over my social life. This I found particularly challenging as at University its is difficult to discipline yourself and focus on your work. Since graduating, I have continued to be highly self-motivated and registered myself self-employed to get ahead in my career by obtaining free guidance from HMCE (VAT and Import/Export compliance), Inland Revenue (Payroll processes and policy) and Venture Capitalist companies (for basic bookkeeping skills taught freely by qualified accountants) in order to provide a quality service to my first clients. I have taken this pro-active attitude forward into my employed career and registered myself as an ACCA candidate and have thus far self-funded my studies.

15 Presentation titlePage 15 B I feel that one of my greatest achievements thus far is my membership of the departmental football 1 st XI. I committed four days a week to training and matches. My position as a midfielder was to help the strikeforce and help them score goals. Our success depended on commitment, the ability to think under pressure and good communication throughout the team. By applying all these factors and being dedicated, I made an invaluable contribution to our success. What singled me out was the encouragement I gave others and the effort I put in. It also taught me how to best balance my academic commitments to the time I gave to sport. Additionally, I helped the team bond by being elected Social Secretary. Another major achievement was my time as a Group Leader in camp in Peru. I had to plan the trip while studying for my first year exams. To achieve this I had to be dedicated and organised. In charge of counsellors there as well as children, I was forced to learn quickly, having to organise and attend meetings, be creative in my spare time, assign responsibilities, remain positive, encourage others, remain vigilant myself whilst all the time prioritising the childrens safety. A particular difficulty I had to over come was their behaviour, so to solve this I placed two members of the group in charge at a time, with rewards for their performance. Another difficulty was overcoming the culture barrier with the Peruvian staff, which I accomplished by being friendly and organised. Ultimately, I received a nomination for the Best Counsellor award.

16 Presentation titlePage 16 Application forms - guidance Read the web site Understand the application form/ read the question Pre-plan answers Give broad range of activities / interests and include specific examples Give a clear explanation of your responsibilities Do not give unnecessary detail Do not leave questions unanswered

17 Presentation titlePage 17 Application forms - guidance Sell yourself Be honest Write a draft Review your form - could it be improved? Check accuracy Submit final copy

18 Interview skills

19 Presentation titlePage 19 Preparing for the interview What do employers look for? What practical things can you do before the interview?

20 Presentation titlePage 20 Academic achievement Intellectual skills Interpersonal skills Motivation Maturity What qualities do employers look for?

21 Presentation titlePage 21 Academic achievements Grade A or B for GCSE Maths and English language 300 (24) UCAS points 2.1 Degree in any discipline Mitigating circumstances are considered

22 Presentation titlePage 22 Intellectual ability Capacity to argue from principle The ability to make decisions Evidence of using initiative

23 Presentation titlePage 23 Interpersonal skills Ability to lead Ability to motivate Ability to play alternative roles within groups

24 Presentation titlePage 24 Motivation and commitment Desire for the job The ability to actually finish a job even in the face of adverse and unexpected challenges

25 What practical things can you do?

26 Presentation titlePage 26 Logistics: Location/Time Know your application form Research the organisation & role Dress code Practice:Questions and Answers Think about your examples and how you can fit them in Role plays & mock interviews Preparation for interviews

27 Presentation titlePage 27 In the interview Do not worry about being nervous Shake hands warmly Speak clearly Remember body language: sitting position/eye contact Get to specific examples Sell yourself!

28 Presentation titlePage 28 Organisational: What attracts you to this organisation? What differentiates our company from competitors? How have you researched careers? Competency: Give me an example of a time when you have worked successfully in a team Give me an example of a time when you achieved a task under a time constraint. How did you react? Were you successful? Questions you may be asked

29 Presentation titlePage 29 Other questions you may be asked General What do you know about the role you have applied for? Why did you choose your university? Why did you decide to drop an A-level subject? What are your career aspirations?

30 Presentation titlePage 30 What training is available at your organisation? What are the possibilities of using my languages & overseas travel? How would you describe your organisation culture? How do you see the company performing in the next few years? Types of questions you may ask

31 Assessment Centre

32 Presentation titlePage 32 What is an assessment centre? Employer An alternative selection tool which allows the employer to test candidates in a variety of different situations INSTRUCTIONS Apply a pattern fill to text slides created with a grey background by changing the design template. How to change design template: Format menu > Slide Design… > Design Template Choose the desired design and use the dropdown option to select Apply to Selected Slides. PATTERNS SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH THE WHITE BACKGROUND Update the Presentation title and Date from the Header and Footer… option from the View menu.

33 Presentation titlePage 33 Content of an assessment centre Interviews Exercises INSTRUCTIONS Apply a pattern fill to text slides created with a grey background by changing the design template. How to change design template: Format menu > Slide Design… > Design Template Choose the desired design and use the dropdown option to select Apply to Selected Slides. PATTERNS SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH THE WHITE BACKGROUND Update the Presentation title and Date from the Header and Footer… option from the View menu.

34 Presentation titlePage 34 Interviews Not the same as your first interview Still need to prepare Know what employers what in their employees Think about your strengths and weaknesses INSTRUCTIONS Apply a pattern fill to text slides created with a grey background by changing the design template. How to change design template: Format menu > Slide Design… > Design Template Choose the desired design and use the dropdown option to select Apply to Selected Slides. PATTERNS SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH THE WHITE BACKGROUND Update the Presentation title and Date from the Header and Footer… option from the View menu.

35 Presentation titlePage 35 Exercises Typical Exercises may include: Job specific exercises Individual exercisesGroup exercises Analysis Written exercises Individual presentations In-tray exercises Report writing Group discussion Team exercise Group presentation

36 Presentation titlePage 36 In-tray Exercises Tests various skills including: Ability to understand and interpret information Planning & organisation Ability to provide well-reasoned conclusions Decision-making Written communication Financial/problem solving skills

37 Presentation titlePage 37 Case study exercise Analysis of business information Extracting relevant information & making recommendations Limited time frame Need to learn how to process information quickly and accurately!

38 Presentation titlePage 38 Group discussion & Team building exercises Skills being assessed: Communication & persuasion Understanding of material Listening Compromise and flexibility Utilising all team members Team dynamic Not only looking for Leaders

39 Presentation titlePage 39 Group discussion & Team building exercises Know what you want to say Put your points of view forward clearly Listen to, and build on, others points Help the group reach goals Be prepared to change mind Body language Be part of the team

40 Presentation titlePage 40 Individual/Group Presentations You may need to present by yourself or with others Identify main points to convey Structure presentation Good eye contact and body language Do not over-rely on visual aids Try to be confident Go on a presentation skills course if possible

41 Presentation titlePage 41 Final advice to candidates Play an active role in any group exercises Be part of the team In written exercises, make use of headings and PLAN Try to incorporate your own business awareness Be confident, speak clearly and precisely Keep to the time frames given Meet all of the objectives set out in all exercises

42 Any questions?

43 Thank you


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