Category Archives: Interviews

Advice, insights and experiences of all things interview-related, whatever format they take.

How I got my job: Fashion Design placement

Are you looking for a job in the fashion industry? Wondering how you can increase your chances of success whilst still at university? In this blog post, Fashion Design student Alisha Hassan explains how she got her placement to increase her employability.

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I am a second year undergraduate student, studying Fashion design and have secured a 6 month placement at an upcoming menswear company based in London, called Sir Plus.  Quite a large majority of Fashion Design students undertake a placement year, so I have been able to talk to final year students regarding different companies, and how they applied. Continue reading

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Securing an Industrial Placement – My advice

If you’re considering an industrial placement but think it’s too late to secure a placement, then think again, a lot of companies are only just starting to advertise. In this blog post, Jenny Scattergood explains why it’s important not to panic if you’re applying late. 

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I am currently the Sustainability Intern working with the Sustainability team at the University of Leeds. My role includes running the Green Impact accreditation scheme this year, as well as launching Hotspots, promoting NETpositive and a variety of other tasks to help with the transition to a more sustainable University. Continue reading

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Commercial awareness and career motivation

Heard the terms commercial awareness and career motivation but not sure what they are?  Here our Director, Bob Gilworth gives us an insight into what these terms mean and how you can develop them.

Consistent feedback tells us that the two most common causes of candidate failure in graduate selection processes are perceived lack of: commercial awareness and career motivation. These are often the key differentiators between applicants who are otherwise similarly qualified with similar evidence of transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Continue reading

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How to ace that Skype interview

Skype interviews are becoming more and more popular with employers. For many people it can be a scary thought having an interview through video correspondence in the comfort of your own home. A lot of questions about the process can run through your head. Therefore we have put together a few tips to hopefully provide some answers to them Continue reading

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The role play interview: tips and reflections on acting the part.

More employers are using the role play interview to help choose between candidates. It helps them to see whether you can react appropriately in a ‘real life’ situation.

From bomb scare scenarios to recruiters pretending to be angry teenagers, here are some of our reflections and top tips for ‘acting the part’ Continue reading

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Prepare for success: Assessment centres

Group tasks are a common activity in assessment centres.

At this time of year we get lots of students asking for advice and insight into what to expect at an assessment centre. If you have got to this stage of the application process then well done, this means that you have already impressed the employer and they can really see you working for their organisation.

Why assessment centres Continue reading

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How to ACE Telephone interviews – Autumn Career Essentials

We are pleased to invite you to a telephone interview on Friday 9 November at 2.00pm. The interview will last for approximately 25 minutes.  If you are not available at this time, contact our HR department immediately to arrange another date.

Yes! Cue much air punching and self-congratulation until there’s a sudden icy feeling in your stomach……. A telephone interview: How does that work?

Answer: Exactly like a face-to-face interview but with some significant advantages in your favour Continue reading

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