This time last year we were preparing for our Summer Recruitment Fair. This is traditionally a smaller fair than our Autumn Fair, but still sees a good amount of companies attending. They come because they still have graduate and placement vacancies and want to scoop up some of the Surrey talent.
This year is a bit different. We were not able to hold our physical event, but with technological advances, we are looking forward to holding our first ever Digital Recruitment Event, suitable for final year and Masters students and 2nd years who are looking for placements.
In this blog we will go through what to expect at our Digital Recruitment Event, the other exciting events happening during Finalist Week (4-7 May) and how you can prepare for virtual recruitment.
Digital Recruitment Event – Wednesday 6 May
This event is evolving by the day as more exhibitors come on board. There will be a mix of live events, company insights and guidance on how to prepare for applications.
A full list of what is happening will be available here. All the employers attending are actively recruiting for graduate and placement vacancies.
Finalist Week 4-7 May
The Finalist week is designed to provide you with a boost of confidence and the tools you need to navigate the working world as best you can.
From hints and tips on job searching to helping you to enhance your LinkedIn profile, we have a week packed with live sessions, drop ins, appointments and engaging information to help you on your way and the Digital Event is just part of our Virtual Finalist Week.
Monday 4 May
- An Introduction to Effective CVs, 11am-12pm
Tuesday 5 May
- GSK – Applications, 1-2pm (open to all years)
- BDO – Interview skills, 2-3 pm
- EY – Q&A with Surrey Alumni, 4-5pm
Wednesday 6 May
- Digital Recruitment Event, 11am-2.30pm
Thursday 7 May
- Using Surrey Pathfinder to support your job hunt, 2-3pm
- St Mary’s University – Getting into teaching: routes explained, 3-4pm
- FDM – Online Assessment Centres, 4-5pm
- Live chat with our careers advisers. No question is too small! If you have a long enquiry the adviser will book you in for a longer appointment. Book onto the chats on Surrey Pathfinder
- LinkedIn checks for final year students – 4-7 May, book on Surrey Pathfinder
How to prepare for a virtual interview
There are things that you can do in advance that will help for your virtual interview or assessment. These include
- Research the company thoroughly
- Look into the strengths the company is looking for
- What are the company’s values?
- Practise online tests – you can create an account to practice them here
- Practise talking to the webcam and watching yourself back. Have a look at video interview advice here
- Check your technology before your interview
- Body language is important. Be more expressive and enthusiastic in a video interview than face-to-face
It’s a good idea to prepare for a virtual interview as if it were a face-to-face interview. Don’t forget that we have our interview leaflet and guidance on techniques for handling nerves during the recruitment process. You can also book a virtual mock interview with a careers adviser on Surrey Pathfinder .
If you need any help or support for you career or job application please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at our many virtual events next week.