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'Confidence needed' for graduate jobs

Published: Monday, 30 November 2009   Category: Psychometric testing

Young people searching for a graduate job should not be intimidated by rigorous recruitment processes, an expert has said.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, claimed that candidates who are prepared and have researched the role fully will have "nothing to be afraid of".

Many firms now include psychometric testing and assessment centre stages to find the best graduate job candidates, but applicants who know their stuff will appeal to employers, Mr Gilleard advised.

"[Doing your research] makes you feel more confident and the confident candidate is often the one that stands out. There is certainly nothing to be afraid of - they are not Bush Tucker Trials we are talking about here," he added.

Upmarket fast-moving consumer goods firm Waitrose recently introduced an online test to determine the quality of candidates vying for a graduate job at the company, Recruiter reported.

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