Making a difference to businesses and graduates in the West Midlands
Over the past 15 years, Graduate Advantage has been a trailblazer in developing graduate talent and supporting businesses to access the graduate skills they need to add value and develop their business in the West Midlands.
Who We Are
Established in 2003, conceived and led by Aston University, Graduate Advantage is the UK’s longest running and largest Higher Education Institution Partnership of its kind. Engaging with smaller business,
With a specialism of supporting small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) its purpose is to transform the attitudes of organisations towards graduate employment and of graduates toward working within small, high growth businesses.
Reacting to the reported “Brain Drain” of the early noughties, where talented graduates left the West Midlands for roles in London, the project was piloted as a way of raising demand for higher level skills, boosting the region’s productivity.Read More
When it comes to interviews recruiters and employers alike are always impressed when a candidate shows a strong level of awareness of their skills, experience and capabilities. However, they are not impressed by grand claims made with no evidence to back them up! The best approach to take is always an honest one. It is almost certain employers will ask competency-based questions which are questions that ask you to give an example of a time when you were in this situation before, what you did, and what the outcome was. By using competency-based questions employers can gauge your competency for…
Where is the interview? Make sure you know how to get to the company and how long the journey takes; have maps, train times, etc. ready in advance and arrive a few minutes early for extra brownie points. Plan your journey here If you really want to impress you could even do a dry run! What to take? A map of how to get there A copy of your application form and CV A note of the key points you want to make and any questions you want to ask at the end of the interview. What to wear? Make…