8 Reasons to Start Your Graduate Recruitment Drive in January

Looking to get the ball rolling on your graduate recruitment process? Maybe it's time to consider that we're in the right time of year for starting your graduate recruitment drive. Below we'll list the top reasons why getting started with your graduate and entry-level candidate search in January can benefit you.

1. Graduate Recruitment Programs Are Still Taking Applicants

There's no need to feel like you've missed the boat when it comes to taking advantage of graduates programs. There are still plenty of graduate programs taking on applicants!

A lot of the graduate programs also run constantly throughout the year meaning you can take advantage whenever of these whenever you begin a search for an entry-level employee.

2. New Year Is a Fresh Start for Graduates on the Job Hunt

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The beginning of a new year means a lot of new goals for a lot of people. New goals will be geared towards professional development for many job-seekers, including recent graduates and entry-level job seekers.

Finding a new job is part of a lot of peoples new years resolutions, least of all graduates who will be looking to taking their first step into the industry after leaving uni the year before. This makes January a great time to start advertising to this candidate market, as your target market will be at the start of their new job searching phase!

3. Lockdown Has Provided More Time for Job Searching

While it's true our social lives have taken a bit a hit over the last months in and out of lockdown it has provided a lot of people with opportunities to be more productive and achieve some professional and personal goals.

Job seeking is mostly done from the comfort of a candidates own home, and now that most businesses are all working from home it's certainly going to be easier to sit down and find that new role.

Because of this, when you roll out a graduate recruitment drive during the current lockdown will increase your chances of being seen by the right candidates!

4. Adopting a Longer-Term Talent Pool Approach to Candidate Attraction & Graduate Recruitment

When looking to fill out graduate roles you can sometimes be overwhelmed with the number of options available for scoping out talent and attracting candidates.

Getting your talent acquisition campaign started in January allows you to build up a large pool of candidates at the beginning of the year and allows you to pull from this pool throughout the year.

Growing your talent pool for long-term use can have benefits that last throughout the year and will give you a diverse range of different candidates to chose from and see how the current post graduate recruitment landscape is shaping up.

You could also consider using tools such as our branded careers hub to increase your talent pool

5.Gives You Time to Scope Out Events Such as Grad Fairs & MeetUps

Graduate Recruitment Event

With the whole year ahead of us, there are a lot of upcoming recruitment events to look forward to. It might be worth looking at what events are going on throughout the year that you can take advantage of when it comes to your graduate recruitment strategy.

Getting involved in graduate fairs or tech meet-ups is a great way to meet up and coming tech talent and graduates who are still looking for their way into the industry. You can scope out the latest talent and views cropping up in the industry and make a name for yourself as a graduate employer.

You can use sites such as prospect.ac.uk to and check their upcoming events page here to see what events will be available in the future.

6. Give Yourself Time to Review Applications, Conduct Interviews & Plan Start Dates for Later in the Year

So you've started your recruitment drive and you get a decent number of applications. What next? Starting your recruitment drive earlier in the year gives you more time to take stock and review what you want from the graduate recruitment process.

The more time you give yourself to review candidate applications, the better your chance of figuring out what you want out of a new hire.

Starting off early, there is now time to coordinate interviews and their content to match what your candidate pool is offering you. You will also be able to align the interview process with your company goals and budgets.

7. You Can Take Advantage of Our Klickstarters Offer to Be a Featured Employer

We know that looking for a specific kind of employee can be daunting. With many years of experience in the recruiting industry behind us, we know what it takes to attract the right candidates.

Becoming one of Klickstarters featured employees will bring you front and centre of our recruitment campaigns and website. Employers will be at the forefront of the Searchability expert recruitment services and technology that is on offer.

You can find out more here about what services and tech are available after becoming a Klickstarters Featured Employer.

8. Statistics Are On Your Side

According to studies taken in 2018 1 in 5 people start their job search in the new year. Factoring this in, your talent pool has increased massively during the month of January.

Getting the ball rolling on a graduate recruitment drive during the month of January gives you the opportunity to tap into this expanded market. This line of thinking will also factor in candidates who are looking at making a change in the new year.

How Hiring An Entry Level Employee Helps Your Business

When it comes to hiring entry-level employee we understand you might not now know why you'll benefit from snapping up the fresh, new up and comers in your industry. We also know you might not know where to find the best talent or how to engage and attract them to your vacancies .

Don't worry if you're unsure of where to start, we have got you covered! We'll take you through the benefits of hiring graduate and entry level candidates and how you can entice them into applying for your roles.

Graduates Are Willing to Learn New Skills and Adapt

Fresh out of the education systems, entry level and graduate hires will still be in the learning phase of their professional. This is can be a huge bonus for the departments you are hiring for.

You'll have a fresh brain to teach the relevant skills and processes to that is still in the learning phase and is willing to learn and adapt. These employees will also be more willing to learn new things so that they can acquire skills that will help them progress during their careers.

This benefits both the employer and employee, you can help build professional and dynamic worker moulded to your companies culture and process. While the employee will enjoy the benefits or learning things that will them up in their future career.

Entry Level Hires Have a Fresh Outlook on the Industry

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Sometimes when working on new projects or concepts a fresh pair of eyes is exactly what you need to take things to the next level.

Coming in either as either part of a younger generation or having knowledge gained in an educational environment, new starters can provide valuable viewpoints and information for a company and it's projects.

This provides access to the cutting edge when it comes to up and coming trends, how an industry is being educated and what personalities are joining the industry.

They Are Aware of Up and Coming and Modern Tech

There's always new tech on the horizon and keeping track can sometimes be part of the full time job. Bearing this in mind, there are two overlooked advantages to hiring a team member straight out of education.

When hiring a young post grad, chances are they're already immersed in the tech world, a lot of the time they will have grown up with it. Referred to as digital natives, a lot of the new post grads have spent their entire life exposed to technology and the digital world. Having these advantages means they will have their finger on the pulse in terms of new and developing tech and trends.

The second advantage covers those that have just left education. During education in the tech digital sector there is a lot of exposure to rising tech trends and new tools. Since learning and researching these new tools and concepts is part of everyday life for these students they will carry that knowledge into their first job role as well.

Entry Level Graduates are a Mouldable Personality

Meeting with Entry Level Staff

You have the opportunity to mould an entry level employee into the kind of person that will fit your company culture and aims. Having little to no working experience mean they don’t have working habits developed yet. Bearing this is mind you can guide them into learning to work in a way that has worked for your company in the past.

An added bonus is that the employee will still be in the learning phase of their life. This means that a graduate employee can be more receptive to learning the processes KPI's. Think of them as a blank canvas!

Remote Working – What to Expect and How to Prepare

Remote working is undeniably on the rise due to the COVID pandemic and employers figuring out the most efficient systems to make a WFH setup work for their companies.

Bearing this in mind, it has become increasingly likely that a lot of entry level candidates will find themselves facing the prospect of working from home in their first role.

If you've never experienced a WFH situation before then don't worry, you're not alone. A lot of graduates and even experienced workers have been exposed to a WFH setup for the first time this year including those of us at Klickstarters.

Below we'll take you through what to expect when you're setting up your own home office!

Finding Your Spot To Work In

Working Remotely at Home

Picking a dedicated workspace is your first step, you don't want your work cluttered around your home. Separating your work and home life is an important part of working from home.

Make sure you have all the right equipment and stationary necessary to do your new role effectively. Remember to ask your employer about any items you think you might need while working remotely.

Picking a specific spot or room in your home as your work hub will help you separate your job and all that goes with it from your home and relaxation time.

Creating a Routine for Remote Working

Even if your remote working hours are 9 to 5, it's still different than sitting in the office following the usual schedule. Creating a routine can help with keeping your day structured and your brain engaged.

You don't even need to keep it within your working hours. Making a pre-work morning routine can guide you to your workspace feeling ready to engage with your work.

Similarly, a lunchtime routine can help break up the day, getting out of the house during your lunch break can offer some exercise and a way to get out of your perceived workspace. This also applies to taking breaks during the working day, 5 minutes even if it's just to make a drink will help your well being and remind you your home is still for relaxing.

Stay Connected to your Coworkers

Remote Working Connect

Extended working from home can sometimes leave you feeling isolated and out of the loop. Being social and around people is important to your wellbeing and being in the workplace can usually cover these needs.

Remote working will sometimes mean you might feel you aren't getting these needs fulfilled. A good workplace and manager will make sure you are kept in the loop and being talked to throughout the working day - but some days are busier than others.

While working from home you should be confident that you can contact your coworkers for work or social reasons. We're all in this together and a quick chat about your current project or a catch up over lunch or in the morning can do wonders for you and your coworkers.

Set Some Remote Working Ground Rules

The big downside of WFH is the distractions that come from being at home. You need to create a distraction free zone, you can apply some rules to yourself and those around you.

These rules can range from putting your phone on silent so that you don't get tempted by the notifications. Asking those who live with you to knock before entering the room you work in. Even setting a rule about stopping work when your working hours are over can help your well being.

It's important to set these rules for your own well being and to help contribute to you productivity. This especially applies when you're in an environment that is potentially distracting like your home. Setting yourself rules will tie in with you creating a WFH routine essentially planning your ays out in full to be productive and effective.

Developing At Home

What are the Typical Stages of a Job Interview?

A job interview can be a daunting process, especially for those who are new to the job search process. Bearing this in mind, getting your first interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Sometimes not knowing what to expect can increase that nervousness, so getting ahead of the curve is important.

We have listed some of the typical stages of a job interview below to help you understand what to expect and what to do on your first tech digital interview.

1. The Start of the Job Interview - Introductions and Small Talk

They say everyone gets one chance to make a first impression. A job interview is one of these chances, you'll want to make sure your first experience with the person who chooses whether to hire you is a positive one. The same goes for hiring managers when meeting a candidate, if this is the right person for the role, the job role needs to appeal to them as well.

Looking presentable and introducing yourself in a friendly but professional manner is the key to succeeding at this stage and a firm handshake and eye contact is always a winner.

Creating polite and engaging conversation before you get to business is also be an advantage. Striking up a rapport and coming across as someone that would be great to have in the office during the week can be a huge bonus to your chances of employment.

2. The Company, Information & Values

Usually this is the second or third part of a job interview, this part will allow the employer to convey information about the company offering the interview.

A job interview works two-way, you don't want to work somewhere that doesn't speak to your values and aims in life, by offering some information about the company and it values a lot of interviewers paint a picture of life in their workplace.

The added advantage of this phase it allows you to frame your experiences and skills in a way that can relate to the company and what it offers it's customers/clients.

3. Covering Experience and Skills

Once introductions have been made and everyone is settled in, it will be time to get to you, your skills and what you have to offer. This can be a tough part of the the interview process for a lot of people. The spotlight is well and truly on the candidate here.

Despite the pressure to perform, there's nothing to worry about here especially for entry level candidates. Moreover, you've got the skills and education to impress, as long as you get that information across in a concise and professional manner you'll do great.

Usually this part of the interview will be done as a Q&A format. The interviewer will field you relevant question about the role and skills needed for the job role.

A bit of pre interview research can help you here, there are a lot of resources online that can help with how to answer an interview questions and what employers looking for including our partner company Searchability's blog and our own page covering information on certain tech digital roles.

4. Your Questions – Now It's Your Job Interview

Job Interview Candidates

Now that the interviewer knows about your skillset and what you have to offer, it's time for the next step. You're going to want to makesure you've got the complete picture. An interviewer will usually ask you if you have any questions to ask them toward the end of an interview.

This provides you with an opportunity to clear up anything you're unsure about with the job role and company or to clarify any information you heard earlier in the interview but weren't sure about.

Although there are a lot of different questions you can ask your interviewer. You are better off making sure the questions you ask are relevant and professional.

Bearing this in mind, below are a few examples of relevant and professional questions you can ask during an interview:

5. Wrapping Up

So, questions have been answered and the interview is coming to a close. Usually now your interviewer will let you know what happens next.

If there is another interview stage you'll be told all the details about that. Sometimes a second interview will be a presentation or a test of technical abilities. If you have been told about either these it gives you time to prepare for the next time.

However, if this is a single phase or the last interview things will go a little differently. The interviewer may give a time frame on how long until you hear about the results. In some cases you be given a quick summary on how your performance was.

And that's a wrap! Those are the usual stages you'll go through during your average interview. Some interviews may vary but this is your typical example of what to expect or prepare for.