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 do you know about pair programming?
Sky - video (2 mins)
Hawah Nanyonga, Associate DevOps Engineer at Sky, explains what 'pair programming' is and how it played into her assessment centre experience.
Herbert Smith Freehills' assessment centre
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (6 mins)
We hear from some of Herbert Smith Freehills' trainees about the firm's assessment centre – in particular, the mock negotiation exercise and role-play exercise.
Assessment Centres and Imposter Syndrome
BT - video (2 mins)
"Don't compare yourself to other graduates. You're there for a reason and they want to see the real you and what you can bring as an individual." Sarah Motteram, Technical Consultant Programme at Openreach. (Imposter Syndrome – doubting your skills, talents and accomplishments.)
"It's really important that you feel comfortable"
Taylor Wessing - video (1 min)
Taylor Wessing's Graduate Talent Advisor, Alice Hasted, tells us what you can expect when invited to their (virtual) assessment centre.
How does an online assessment centre differ?
Experian - video (3 mins)
Hayley, Graduate Software Developer, has attended two of Experian's assessment centres – one in person, and another online.
"I had so much fun!"
KPMG - video (8 mins)
Tina Kimfumu and Lydia Luff, Graduate Trainees at KPMG, describe their experiences of the company's assessment centre – from mathematical tests, to the interview stage.
How to conquer your assessment centre day
Network Rail - video (3 mins)
Find out how Civil Engineering Graduate, Alexandra Hanson, found her assessment centre day. She also explains why it's just as important to interview the employer as they interview you.
How to succeed at assessment centres: preparation
CGG - blog
A whole day of ‘assessment’ can sound scary and intimidating, however if you are well prepared they can actually be a lot of fun.
Ask questions, and you'll stand out!
Fujitsu - video (4 mins)
Becky describes the escape room-style tasks that she took part in as part of Fujitsu's assessment centre, and we discuss the importance of asking questions.
Sky's Virtual Reality task
Sky - video (2 mins)
Technology Graduate, Caroline, describes the Virtual Reality task that she took part in as part of Sky's assessment centre.
Communication is key
Arup - video (5 mins)
Arup Graduate Mira describes her assessment day at Arup, which included a technical exercise, an interview and a group exercise. We also discuss how to approach this stage of the application process, now virtual, with Arup's recruiter.
Think out loud
Morgan Stanley - video (5 mins)
What does a Morgan Stanley assessment centre involve, how can you prepare, and what are the recruiters looking for?
An insight into assessment centres at Emerson
Emerson - video (3 mins)
Catherine, Internal Sales Engineer, talks about her experience prepping & attending Emerson's assessment centre.
Virtual Presentations: What's expected of me?
Frazer-Nash Consultancy - video (4 mins)
Ian, from Frazer-Nash Consultancy's recruitment team, tells us how students can approach virtual presentations during the application process.
Sellafield's 9 tips on how to prepare for a graduate assessment centre
Sellafield Ltd - blog
You’ve passed your online application form, your aptitude test and your telephone interview — now it’s time to ace the graduate assessment centre!
How to succeed at assessment centres: group activities
CGG - blog
An almost inevitable part of any assessment day and part of CGG’s assessment day is a group activity, here are some top tips on how to succeed.
Graduate recruitment – assessment centre
Atkins - video (2 mins)
Been invited to one of our graduate assessment centres? Watch this video before attending.