What to expect

A breakdown of the application process to help you prepare.

  • Stage 1: Online application

    You can find the online application for your preferred job role on its specific job page. The online application consists of a number of questions and is an opportunity for you to tell us why you are the best applicant for the role. You should refer to the person specification sheet (found attached to the job page) when writing your answers.

    Applications for the year 2019/20 are now closed and will reopen in winter 2020.

    Please note CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

  • Stage 2: Assessment centre

    If your application is successful, you will be shortlisted and invited along to one of our assessment centres. Here is some important information for you to know:

    • Our assessment centres last an entire morning (from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm) and will run on selected days over the course of two weeks (dates TBC).
    • Approximately 30 applicants will be invited to each.
    • There will be group tasks for all applicants to demonstrate their problem-solving and teamworking skills.
    • You will be observed on the day by a range of NTU employees who will be scoring you according to the person specification for your chosen job role.
    • Each assessment centre will be held in the Chaucer building on City Campus. More precise directions will be attached to your invitation.
    • Refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

    More information will be provided to successful applicants before the day.

  • Stage 3: Interview

    If you are successful in the assessment centre, you will be asked to stay behind afterwards for an individual interview specific to the job role you’ve applied for.

    • Interviews will take place on the same day as the assessment centre, in the afternoon.
    • You will be interviewed by two to three NTU employees, including your potential line manager.
    • If you are applying for a creative role, you might be asked to show a portfolio of work to your interview.

    Further information on what to bring to the interview and how to prepare will be provided before the day.

  • Stage 4: Onboarding

    Hiring managers will let all candidates know within two days of the assessment centre whether their application has been successful. If you have been sent a confirmation of appointment email, you will be invited to take part in onboarding activities and events in the run-up to your first day on the job. Here are some of the things you can expect:

    • A graduate networking lunch. This will take place shortly after all of the roles have been filled and will be an opportunity for you to meet the other graduates who’ve got a place on the programme and get to know each other.
    • A professional services tour, where you and the rest of the graduates will be able to take a look at the office spaces where you will be stationed over the next few months. This will likely take place two weeks before your first day on the job. This will also be a chance to meet key stakeholders from the University that you will be working with on a daily basis, as well as getting to know your future line managers.

If you have any more questions about the interview process, from application to being hired, please email our Graduate Development Programme team.

How to prepare

NTU’s Employability team provide an array of helpful resources to give students the resources and support they need to secure a job after graduation. You can find information on how to write a perfect application, stand out in an assessment centre, and be successful in a job interview on their online platform FutureHub.

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