You’re now seriously considering applying for a grad scheme and you might be considering what it takes to be the ideal candidate. From experience, I have a few top tips that should make the process that little bit easier for you.

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  1. Make use of your personal tutor! They are there for a reason. Utilise this. Ask them to go through your CV and ask them for help with practice interviews. Most personal tutors at Pearson College London have worked in industry, so they know what companies are looking for.
  2. Would you give yourself a job? Read over your CV and figure out what the key attributes are of that particular job -does your CV match this? There are also many services available online that can create you a “professional”CV for a small fee. This may be an option for you, and may definitely be worth it in the long run!
  3. Digital disaster: Digital Interviews have become a regular occurence in grad scheme applications. Yes, they can be quite daunting. But if you create a list of your key experience, skills, company values, etc, you can keep that next to you throughout the process, and it will aid you when you might come a bit stuck with certain questions.
  4. Always dress smart: Some digital interviews and assessment days may say that they have a relaxed dress code. But first impressions are everything. It’s best to be safe than sorry.
  5. Create a plan: Excel is a great way to do this. You can create a timetable of all the grad schemes you would like to apply for and when their deadlines are, using websites such as Milkround.
  6. Brainstorm: What skills do you have? What skills are they looking for? What examples do you have when you’ve used these skills?
  7. Don’t be disheartened: Rejection happens. It’s what you do with that rejection that counts. Get feedback if you’re not successful, and use that to fuel your next application.