Hints and Tips
We want to hire talented individuals who fit with our vision for the future and have the potential to succeed as a future leader within the university sector.
Our Graduate Programme is competitive and receives a large number of high-quality applications each year. It is crucial that your answers are an accurate and compelling statement of your interest in and suitability for the programme and the university sector.
The information on the website provides a good overview of the types of projects and the competencies and behaviours we are looking for.
FILL IN YOUR APPLICATION CAREFULLY
This is your first opportunity to make a good impression. Ensure your answers focus on our core competencies and use specific examples from aspects of your academic, working and social life to convince us you are the right person for the programme.
USEFUL APPLICATION TIPS
- Make a note of all deadlines
- Check your answers address the strengths and behaviours that are important to us
- Provide details of how your strengths and skills link to the programme and how you will add value
- Get feedback: ask friends or family to critically review your application
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE VIDEO INTERVIEW?
Be yourself and be honest. We want to understand who you are, your motivations for working in higher education and the value you will add.
Be engaging and enthusiastic! We are utilising a strengths-focused approach to assessment, so we are not only interested in your skills and previous experience but also your enthusiasm, passion and what motivates you at work.
Provide real-life examples. Think about the roles and responsibilities you have had to date and your achievements, whether in a social, academic or work context. Also, think about how you might deal with certain situations if you had to face them in this new role/on the programme. Identify what strengths you have and how would you utilise these to succeed.
Structure your answers in a meaningful way. Use the STAR approach - tell us about the situation, the task that you had to complete, the action you took and the result or outcome.
THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE
The assessment centre day is designed to give us a realistic picture of you and your abilities and assess your 'fit' for our programme. It also provides you with an insight into working in higher education giving you the opportunity to meet some of our senior leaders as well as current trainees.
Prepare for the Assessment Centre by:
- Reviewing the information on our website
- Making sure you understand the requirements of the programme and the different types of placements you may be involved in
- Being clear about your strengths and be ready to demonstrate those in the exercises and interview
- Thinking about our core competency areas detailed in the strengths focused assessment
- Finding out about the Higher Education sector
- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO HAND BEFORE SITTING DOWN TO APPLY.