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The Application Process

Below is an overview of the application process, what to expect and how to prepare.

Who can apply

You'll only be considered for a role on the NTU Graduate Development Programme if you are either:

  • a current NTU undergraduate in your final year of study, or;
  • an NTU undergraduate who graduated within the last two years, or;
  • an NTU postgraduate who also obtained their undergraduate from NTU within the last two years.

Grade requirements can be found on the Job Description document for each role. Person specifications detail the qualities of the person we feel is suited to a given role.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UK Visas & Immigration to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK.
Individuals who hold right to work in the Graduate visa category having previously studied in the UK are welcome to apply.

For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Applying to the programme

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There is a diverse range of roles available. Take some time to read through job descriptions and person specifications to find the role best suited to you. New job roles are being added, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

The top performing applicants at the assessment centres will then be invited to interview. Interviews take place in the two weeks following the assessment centres. You must be available for the specific interview date if you wish to be considered. The dates of interview for each job role can be found on the specific job role's page.

See the what to expect section for further information about our assessment centres, the application process, and how to prepare.

If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with the Graduate Development Programme team and we’ll be happy to help.

How to prepare

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

What to expect

The Graduate Development Programme application is a four-stage process. Find out more about each individual stage below.

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're 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: assessment centre

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

  • Our assessment centres will take half a day.
  • We've designed the assessment centres so that you can come to any of the dates. If you receive an invitation, you will be asked to specify which one you can attend. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Approximately 40-50 applicants will be invited to each assessment centre.
  • 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.
  • Assessment centres will be held during the first 2 weeks of July 2022 and will take place on campus in Newton building.

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

Stage 3: interview

If you're successful in the assessment centre, you will be invited to an interview in the following weeks. The specific date for the interview will depend on the role. The dates of these interviews are to be confirmed in due course.

You will be interviewed by up 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 in 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 working days of the interview whether their application has been successful. If you've 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 each role has been filled and is an opportunity for you to get to know the other graduates that earned a place on the programme.
  • A professional services tour. You and the other graduates can see the office spaces where you will be stationed over the next year. This will likely take place two weeks before your first day. This will also be a chance to meet key stakeholders from the University that you will work with on a daily basis, as well as getting to know your future line managers.

If you have any questions or queries about the application process, email the Graduate Programme Development team at and we'll be more than happy to help.

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