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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 graduate 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.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-European Economic Area (EEA) candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the University is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.

UK Visas and Immigration, part of the Home Office, requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post.

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.

All applications will be shortlisted against the role’s person specification document. You will find the person specification documents on their corresponding job page. If we believe you're well suited to the role and the programme, you'll be invited to complete some online tasks.

These tasks will be role-dependent and could be anything from a video presentation to a written assessment. Some roles may not require a task.

If you are successful in your application and score in the top percentile of applicants in the tests, you will be invited to an assessment centre. The dates of these assessment centres can be found under what to expect.

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 five 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: online tasks

If we believe you are well-suited to the role and programme, you may be sent a set of online tasks via email. The tasks are tailored to the role you're applying for, meaning that we can't tell you exactly what to expect. Some roles will not require an online task. The results of these tasks, combined with your application, 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 to one of our assessment centres. Here is some important information for you to know:

  • Our assessment centres will take half a day, and will run in the month of June 2021 (after exams and before graduation).
  • 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.
  • Each assessment centre will be held online on MS Teams. If you have any issues accessing a computer or have internet issues, please let the GDP Team know.

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

Stage 4: 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 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 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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