Top graduate recruiters

15 March 2013

Speed interview participants L – R Nick Bolwell, Enterprise Rent-a-Car;  Carolyn Parry, Aberystwyth University Careers Service;  Maggie Lewis, Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water; Helen Ford, Network Rail; and Darina Davies, The Civil Service.
Speed interview participants L – R Nick Bolwell, Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Carolyn Parry, Aberystwyth University Careers Service; Maggie Lewis, Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water; Helen Ford, Network Rail; and Darina Davies, The Civil Service.

Some of the UK’s top graduate recruiters have been working with Aberystwyth University students to develop their interview techniques.

Representatives from The Civil Service and Network Rail, who feature in the Times Top 100 list Graduate Employers, along with Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water and Enterprise Rent-a-Car attended a speed interview session at Aberystwyth on Thursday 8 March.

Organised by the University’s Careers Service, the event built on a successful pilot event organised with Network Rail last year.

Students attending undertook a series of four minute interviews with the different recruiters and received immediate feedback on their performance as well as tips on how to improve their interview technique.

At the end of the session, employers spent time with individual students who they had identified as being particularly suitable as prospective employees, outlining how to apply successfully.

The event was organised by a team of Careers Service staff led by Carolyn Parry, Acting Deputy Director of the University’s Career’s Service. She said: “This is all about giving our students the opportunity to develop their understanding of employability skills and what employers are looking for.”

“It is also an important opportunity for top recruiters to spot talent and identify individual students who they may wish to interview further, as happened with a number of our students following the latest session.”

The Careers Service is now working with a number of high profile graduate employers to develop a two day event which will provide students with a programme of activities designed to enhance their employment prospects. 

“Our strategy of building strong employer relationships through this kind of partnership event is paying off as we see more students and graduates securing industrial year and graduate opportunities with top firms. The response from students and employers alike has been very positive and we are looking forward to building on these for the next session which is due to take place in the autumn,” added Carolyn.

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Contacts

Carolyn Parry, Careers Service, 01970 622378, cep@aber.ac.uk