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What graduates want from recruiters?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Numerous articles have been published recently revealing how graduates regularly fail to match employers’ expectations. However, employers are not the only ones being disappointed. The latest research shows what graduates think of the current recruitment process.

A recent online survey carried by Work Group revealed that there is a real gap between what current undergraduates expect from recruiters and what recruiters offer in terms of engagement between the initial attraction and the final recruitment process.

Ideally, graduates would expect a hiring process that lasts no more than eight weeks and that consists of no more than three phases either - application, interview and assessment centre.

They also look forward to receiving regular feedback and communication and, once they start working, want to know exactly what is expected from them in terms of main duties.

However, most Brits who start in their first graduate job find a lengthy process of recruitment with poor communication or feedback given. On top of this, they feel employers don’t look after them enough during the first days.

“Despite the fact that there are more graduates and fewer jobs, recruiting the most talented students is as competitive as ever. One in ten surveyed said that they would turn down a job offer if they felt that the ‘recruitment experience’ was poor,” stated Danni Brace from Work Group.

What do employers want?

On the other hand, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently revealed which particular skills graduates are missing when looking for jobs, and to what extent UK employers are dissatisfied with these.

According to the figures, employers said they were mostly dissatisfied with the following missing skills: business and customer awareness (44% of ‘not satisfied’ answers), self-management (25%), teamwork (20%), problem solving (19%), basic literacy/use of English (17%), positive attitude to work (15%), basic numeracy skills (9%) and use of IT (5%).

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