Surrey Careers blog

Official blog of the University of Surrey's Employability and Careers Centre

Expand your horizons – opportunities and possibilities in China

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year and more than a billion people around the world have begun celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig. Even Google is celebrating with a new Google doodle. With this in mind, we turn our attention to the opportunities available for those thinking about working […]


Fake job adverts – Our top tips to stay aware

Job scams are on the rise and between 2015 and 2017 there was a 300% increase in recruitment related fraud*. Some advertised jobs don’t actually exist. SAFERjobs reported that more than £500,000 of jobs fraud took place 2015/16**. Action Fraud reported that 18-24 year olds are the most targeted. Here are our top tips to […]


Values based interviews – how to prepare

What are values? Many organisations have defined values which reflect the ‘identity’ of the organisation and the behaviour of the people that work within it. For example, HSBC’s values are: Dependable open to different ideas and cultures connected to customers, communities, regulators and each other A recent ISE (Institute for Student Employers) survey found that […]


Strengths based interviews – how to prepare

Strengths based recruitment has been rising in popularity amongst graduate recruiters in recent years. A recent Institute for Student Recruitment survey identified that 43% of graduate recruiters now measure candidates’ strength at some point in their selection process. What are Strengths? A strength is an activity that somebody performs well in and which energises them. […]


Technical interviews – what to expect

     What is a technical interview? If you are applying for a position in an engineering, technology or science organisation, the likelihood is you’ll get an interview containing technical questions. This allows recruiters to assess relevant specialist knowledge and skills. Some employers favour a separate technical interview, whereas others prefer to include technical questions […]


Storytelling – the secret weapon in your job interview

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” JK Rowling.   Storytelling is central to human existence, and common to every culture. We use stories to not only make sense of the world, but to also explain the world to others. Storytelling is the best tool we can use to […]


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