Are You Concerned About Virtual Recruitment After Graduating?

Jade Smith, June 1, 2020

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Graduation season is fast approaching and there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the graduate job market due to COVID-19. However, this does not mean that graduate recruitment has completely halted. A survey by the Institute of Student Employers has found that 60% of companies are conducting virtual assessment centres and 71% are still holding online or phone interviews. Here are our tips on preparing for your job search in anticipation of virtual recruitment:


Look Out for Virtual Careers Fairs

Many student employers target potential candidates at careers fairs. Fairs give students an opportunity to speak to a member of their organisation and sign up for information. This can be an extremely useful resource for your job hunt. Employers and postgraduate representatives are still attending these fairs virtually, where you can find more information about their opportunities. Some fairs will also allow you to upload your CV. Look out for these online, through your university careers site or Prospects.


Virtual Assessment Centres

Assessment centres are typically structured around a variety of activities that allow employers to assess their candidates’ strengths. These often include individual or group activities, presentations, psychometric tests and interviews. Many employers are still attempting to conduct these assessment centres virtually, allowing you to participate as long as you have a computer with WiFi access and a webcam.


Employers will send a brief prior to the assessment listing any preparation that needs to be done. For instance, they may ask you to prepare presentation slides. There are also steps you can take to make sure you impress. You should ensure that you have researched the company and are prepared for any competency questions an employer may ask you in the interview stage – these will allow you to demonstrate to the employer what transferable skills you have gained from your experience and degree. You can find a list of common competency questions here.


Prepare for Online Tests

Psychometric testing in particular is also becoming increasingly popular with graduate employers to determine what a candidate’s strengths are. These may consist of verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, numerical reasoning, or personality tests. Check out your university’s careers site to access resources to help with these or search for practice tests such as those available on Assessment Day. Make sure before your assessment that all of your devices are working correctly so that you have plenty of time to notify the employers of any issues.


Be Ready for Online Interviews

Although you will not be attending a face-to-face interview, it’s still vital to make a good impression. When setting up for your interview, ensure you pick a space which is tidy and quiet. It is also important to ensure that you have downloaded any software you may need for your interview ahead of time and that you have checked that it works. If you are aware of any issues which may affect your interview, be sure to inform the employer ahead of time. It is better to be honest and apologise if any disruption is inevitable than to ignore the issue entirely. It is also a good idea to provide a phone number to the employer. This can serve as a back-up option in case any issues arise during the interview.


Remember to treat the interview as though it were being conducted in person. Show your personality, make eye contact and ensure you’re displaying the right body language. Do your research on the company and prepare any questions you may have for the employer. Additionally, dress the part! Ensure you pick out your interview outfit the day before to give yourself plenty of time to get organised before the interview itself. Lastly…


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Don't Panic

This is a time of uncertainty for graduates and employers alike. For many employers virtual hiring is a new process and this means it won’t come without hitches. In such a time of difficulty, patience is key. Moreover, it is important to remember that you don’t need to excel in every single assessment activity to succeed.