The Ideal Candidate

Hannah @ Gradcracker says...

Here you’ll find advice from a range of our employers. The advice from each employer is specific to them. However, no matter who you’re applying to, there are certain things that every employer will look for. For a quick overview, simply click the box below.

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What is Essity looking for?
Essity - video (2 mins)
Ruth Moxon, Talent Acquisition Country Manager, outlines what the company looks for in graduates who want to pursue either a career in engineering or sales at Essity.
"We're looking for diversity of thought"
Severn Trent - video (1 min)
Find out why hiring new talent is so important at Severn Trent, and what kinds of graduates they are looking for.
You don't need a technology background to work at Fujitsu
Fujitsu - video (1 min)
Ben, Technical Consulting Graduate, explains what kind of skills are important at Fujitsu.
What soft skills does BAE Systems look for?
BAE Systems - video (1 min)
Find out what qualities BAE Systems looks for in potential candidates from Hafsa Patel, the company's Sourcing and Attraction Lead.
You don't need to have studied law to become a lawyer...
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (2 mins)
"Although you'd be a lawyer, you'd very much be using your STEM knowledge and ways of working in your day-to-day role" – Rebecca Worrall, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Who does CERN actually recruit?
CERN - video (4 mins)
We debunk common misconceptions about recruitment at CERN. (They don't just recruit physicists and PhD graduates!) We also discuss the effects of Brexit on their opportunities, which are based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Are you a team player?
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team - video (3 mins)
Ellie, HR Assistant, tells students how they can stand out from the crowd and demonstrate that they're a team player during the application process.
"STEM candidates are essential to our business"
Zurich - video (3 mins)
Leading insurance company Zurich is looking for people with your skills – find out what makes you their ideal candidate.
What could differentiate you from your competition?
ABB Ltd - video (2 mins)
ABB's head of recruitment, Jackie, gives some great advice on how to stand out during the application process.
Who will excel at INEOS?
INEOS - video (4 mins)
"We're after bright people who want to make a difference." Annie, HR Director, describes the qualities INEOS looks for in prospective students and graduates.
Exclusive tips from Martin-Baker
Martin-Baker - video (3 mins)
Lizzie, Recruiter at Martin-Baker, describes exactly what they're looking for in potential candidates.
"We're not looking for the finished article"
Fujitsu - video (1 min)
Find out what makes Fujitsu's ideal candidate...
What do you need to be a Patent Attorney?
Mewburn Ellis LLP - video (4 mins)
We speak to Intellectual Property firm Mewburn Ellis about what you need to embark on a career as a Patent Attorney.
What do I need to become an Engineering Officer?
Royal Air Force - video (2 mins)
Keith Edge, from Engineering Recruitment in the Royal Air Force, describes what you need to apply for one of their Engineering Officer roles.
What transferable skills do you have?
Taylor Wessing - video (2 mins)
"STEM students have a huge range of skills that can be transferred into the legal profession" – Alice Hasted, Graduate Talent Advisor at Taylor Wessing. Find out what they are!
"What you study is irrelevant!"
Experian - video (3 mins)
Experian is looking for students and graduates from all STEM disciplines. Find out why, and exactly what they're looking for in potential candidates.
Growth mindset is so important at GSK
GlaxoSmithKline - video (3 mins)
As young people in a well established business, it's easy to get caught up in routines – people will say "we've always done it that way..." Young people have a big responsibility to question "why?". Hear from Sam Evans, Commercial Graduate at GSK.
What type of people are we looking for?
Amey - blog
Find out what Amey is looking for in its prospective graduates, and how you can apply for their opportunities.
"We focus more on 'fit' and potential."
Capital One - blog
Discover exactly what Capital One is looking for in its future graduates – so that you can stand out from the crowd.
STFC's three top tips
Science & Technology Facilities Council - video (2 mins)
Find out what you can do to really impress recruiters at the Science & Technology Facilities Council – from Early Careers Talent Acquisition Manager, Ben Bealing.
What we look for
EY - blog
Discover what strengths EY looks for in candidates during the application process.