1 /      Gemma Minish- Campus Marketing Manager      Making successful applications & interview tips
2 /                                                           Overview                    Why do employers use applicatio...
3 /                                           Why do employers use applications?                    First stage sort & ‘k...
4 /                                      Why is it important to make a good application?                    Your first ch...
5 /                                                          Application questions                    What has attracted ...
6 /                              Example: What has attracted you to this opportunity?           What has attracted you to ...
7 /                                      Application questions- rating scale used at Thales        1= Fails to meet the re...
8 /                                                                      Practical Exercise                What rating wou...
9 /                                                 Practical Exercise                           How would we rate this ex...
10 /                                     Example: Positives/Negatives and Improvements                  Negatives/Improvem...
11 /                                                               What should I include?                          Ensure...
12 /                                                      Interviews       Why interview?       It works BOTH ways       C...
13 /                                                   Interview format          Could be from 20 mins to a whole day    ...
14 /                                                             Interviews        Before the interview:        Research ...
15 /                                  Competency Interviews       Interviews are often competency based          Employer...
16 /                                             Star Approach       ‘Give an example of a time when…’       Use the STAR ...
17 /                                        Example       During my first year at university I was        involved in a gr...
18 /                                              Practical Exercise                 Prepare a brief example of team worki...
19 /                                     Other questions    About you      Why do you want this placement?      Why should...
20 /                                     Other questions    About the organisation/sector      What do you know about this...
21 /                                                        Takeaways                    Research the company            ...
22 /                          Further information       http://ukgrads.thalesgroup.com/s        earch-jobs-and-apply/hints...
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Thales - Making Successful Applications & Interview Skills

  1. 1. 1 / Gemma Minish- Campus Marketing Manager Making successful applications & interview tips
  2. 2. 2 / Overview  Why do employers use applications?  Why is it important to make a good application  Examples  Interview / application hints and tips  QuestionsCorporate Communications December 2010
  3. 3. 3 / Why do employers use applications?  First stage sort & ‘killer questions’  Demonstrate your skills or ‘competencies’  Compare you to the competencies required  Ensure consistency in the process e.g. all candidates are asked the same question. Myth! Most employers do not use a computer to screen applications.Corporate Communications December 2010
  4. 4. 4 / Why is it important to make a good application?  Your first chance to sell yourself  Demonstrates your written communication  Shows your interest in the company you are applying to  Rubbish application = NO JOB!Corporate Communications December 2010
  5. 5. 5 / Application questions  What has attracted you to this opportunity?  Please explain why you are suitable for this role?  Strengths/weaknesses  Competency questions Rarely will you be asked technical questions on an application form.Corporate Communications December 2010
  6. 6. 6 / Example: What has attracted you to this opportunity? What has attracted you to this opportunity at Thales? ‘Thales is a huge international company which has lots of different project using different technologies. I would love to work for such an innovative and forward thinking company that touches people’s lives everyday. I have researched the company and there are lots of interesting projects that I would like to be involved in. I am very keen to develop my skills and I believe that Thales would support me in doing this. I have been interested in Engineering since a very young age and so I was instantly attracted to this role. I have been studying computer science and I would like the opportunity to put my coding skills into practice. I believe that their would be plenty of opportunities for growth for graduates in such a customer focussed company.’Corporate Communications December 2010
  7. 7. 7 / Application questions- rating scale used at Thales 1= Fails to meet the requirements 2= Fails to meet the requirements, needs some improvement 3= meets the requirement, some areas for improvement 4= meets the requirements 5= Exceeds the requirementsCorporate Communications December 2010
  8. 8. 8 / Practical Exercise What rating would you give the example?  Think about what is good about the example  Think about what is bad about the example  E.g. anything missing? Spelling & Grammar.  Is there anything that could be improved?Corporate Communications December 2010
  9. 9. 9 / Practical Exercise How would we rate this example? This example would not pass! 2Corporate Communications December 2010
  10. 10. 10 / Example: Positives/Negatives and Improvements Negatives/Improvements  The answer is generic and doesn’t mention anything that is specific to Thales. The Example could have been written about any large engineering firm  If the candidate has researched the company then they should be able to name and specify the projects of interest.  What has led the candidate to believe that Thales is interested in developing them? They could mention our GDP or our values.  Spelling and grammatical mistakes Positives/Improvements  The candidate has mentioned their interests and refers to the role they are applying to, however this could be elaborated on.Corporate Communications December 2010
  11. 11. 11 / What should I include? Ensure your answer is specific to the company you are applying to. Give specific examples What interests you about the company in particular? What interests you about the role you are applying to? If you are applying to a Graduate Development Programme then mention this. If you are applying for an internship talk about the benefits of doing this. Mention how your skills/experience relate to the role. Check your spelling and grammar.Corporate Communications December 2010
  12. 12. 12 / Interviews Why interview? It works BOTH ways Chance to meet you in person and get a complete picture of you. For you to find out more about the organisation Invitation to interview means they already think you are good enough for the job/placement
  13. 13. 13 / Interview format  Could be from 20 mins to a whole day  Can be over the telephone or face to face  1 to 1, sequential or panel  Sometimes 2 rounds (different days)  Introduction, Discussion, Tour  Practical task e.g. presentation  Part of an assessment centre Types of interview: • Autobiographical • Competency • Strengths based
  14. 14. 14 / Interviews Before the interview:  Research the companies values and the competencies they are looking for.  Research the company, competitors, customers etc..  Decide on what to wear, be smart!  Travel arrangements  Look at example questions and prepare examples in advance  Look at the job description and think about how you match this. - Academic knowledge - Work experience - Internships/placement - Volunteering - Societies
  15. 15. 15 / Competency Interviews Interviews are often competency based  Employers will be measuring you against preselected criteria or competencies: Communication Analytical Leadership Taking responsibility Planning and organising Interpersonal skills Resilience Problem Solving What are competency questions?
  16. 16. 16 / Star Approach ‘Give an example of a time when…’ Use the STAR approach  Situation  Task (the objective)  Action (what I did, what others did)  Result To describe clearly and concisely what YOU did (even in team situation) Use real examples to analyse how you behaved in a certain situation in the past.
  17. 17. 17 / Example During my first year at university I was involved in a group project with 4 other students. (S) Our task was to evaluate a prototype MP1 Parallel Computer. (T) We met together regularly to allocate tasks and share progress. I wrote the driver and application software using the Transputer Development Programme. Other members of the team did the testing. (A) The result was that we achieved 70% for our project. (R)Corporate Communications December 2010
  18. 18. 18 / Practical Exercise Prepare a brief example of team working  Use STAR approach  What would you have done differently?  What were your challenges?Corporate Communications December 2010
  19. 19. 19 / Other questions About you Why do you want this placement? Why should the organisation select you? What are your ambitions? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What have you gained from your degree? What skills have you gained from work experience/extra curricular activities?Corporate Communications December 2010
  20. 20. 20 / Other questions About the organisation/sector What do you know about this firm/business function/sector/industry? What attracts you to it? What kind of training/additional skills do you hope to gain? Who are our main competitors/customers? What do you think about the latest news on…?Corporate Communications December 2010
  21. 21. 21 / Takeaways  Research the company  Prepare for the interview- practice!  Research competency questions  Think about your skills/experience  Dress smart  Travel arrangements- be on time!  Be confident!Corporate Communications December 2010
  22. 22. 22 / Further information http://ukgrads.thalesgroup.com/s earch-jobs-and-apply/hints-and- tips.aspx Questions…

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