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What to expect

A breakdown of the application process to help you prepare.

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.

  • 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.

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

  • Stage 2: Online tests

    If we believe you are well suited to the role and programme, you will be sent a set of online tests via email. The results of these tests will determine whether you progress onto our assessment centres.

    The contents of these will be released in due course.

  • Stage 3: 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 – 12.30 pm, and will run on selected days between 6 – 9 April and 15 – 17 April 2020.
    • We've designed the assessment centres in a way that means you can come to any of these dates. If you receive an invitation, you'll be asked to specify which one you want to come to. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Approximately 30 applicants will be invited to each.
    • There will be a variety of tasks that are designed to display the applicant's strengths in different areas of work.
    • You'll 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 Newton building on City Campus. More precise directions will be attached to your invitation.
    • Refreshments will be provided.

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

  • Stage 4: Interview

    If you're successful in the assessment centre, you'll be invited to an interview in the weeks following the assessment days. The specific date for the interview will be dependent on the role. The dates of these interviews are to be confirmed in January 2020.

    • 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 5: Onboarding

    Hiring managers will let all candidates know within two working days of the interview whether their application has been successful. If you've been sent a confirmation of appointment email, you'll 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 year. 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.

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