A graduate position is one designed for students who have recently completed, or are close to completing their degree at university. It is essential that a successful applicant is someone who is motivated and driven, and wants to learn from other industry professionals.
A graduate position gives applicants the opportunity to network with professionals, and receive on the job, industry specific training. A graduate role varies depending on the business and industry. Ultimately, the role focuses on developing future industry leaders, therefore depending on the business, the candidate may have the opportunity to perform multiple jobs throughout the business to expand their knowledge and skills.
As the graduate may be working with other people in the business, the jobs and tasks they do may directly affect the ability of others to conduct their work. Therefore, it is important that graduates are able to learn business processes quickly and be able to adapt and respond to business needs.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Performing administrative duties.
- Assisting a senior employee with their tasks.
- Conduct research and analysis.
- Record changes and update databases.
- Interact and work with customers/clients.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Graduate
Depending on the business and industry, the candidate will be required to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. The qualification will vary depending on the industry, but the degree should be related to the business operations. There are some common skills required for this position. The applicant must have genuine passion in their elected field of study, be a hard worker and high achiever in all areas, and most importantly be committed to putting in the effort to succeed.
A graduate should also be able to adapt well to change. They must be able to adapt to new ways of working and thinking, and be able to handle changes in routine. They must be able to understand the shift from university to full time work, and implement tools to adapt to the changing environment so that it does not impact their work.
The successful applicant must also show strong evidence of commitment to the job. They must understand that graduate programs are hard work and require lots of effort in order to succeed. The applicant must be willing to make sacrifices, and willing to potentially miss things in their personal lives in order to thrive professionally.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Graduate Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As all businesses use different programs and online tools, it is a good idea to outline the technical competencies that the role requires. This may include the different devices, operating systems, and programs that the candidate will have to use, depending on the nature of the role.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure to include in the job description what it is like to work for your company, what your company values and what your expectations are for the successful candidate. It is a huge jump from university to full time work, therefore outlining what you expect from the applicant, their hours, the importance of deadlines, and their responsibilities can help candidates get a better idea of what the job will entail. This will ensure you identify the right person for your company.
Sample skills assessment
Question Type: Document
Do you stay up to date with industry news and events that are outside of your coursework? If so, how/what? Please provide a list of examples on this document, and provide the link if available.
Question Type: Text
Describe a time where you have demonstrated a high level of commitment to something.
Adapt to change
Question Type: Video
Sometimes we have to react to changing markets, which means our teams will need to pivot in their projects. Tell me about a time where you have had to quickly change what you were doing and take on a new approach.
Interview guide for a Graduate
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.