Advice for after you've submitted your online application...

Advice for after you've submitted your online application...

Thursday, 5th of April

Now that the majority of online applications to graduate schemes and internships are closed, what next? How do you ace the next steps of applications, all the way to securing the opportunity of your dreams? The team at MVF have put their heads together to bring you the best top tips around making sure you excel at every stage of applications!

1) Impressing at formal interview:

  • Research the company as thoroughly as you can. Be sure to check out their website, social media and recent news articles.
  • Understand the business model and their competitors - why would clients choose to work with that particular company as opposed to a competitor?
  • Plan your route! Make sure you know how to get to your interview location and if you’re using public transport, make sure everything is running on time.
  • Aim to arrive in the area 20-30 minutes to allow for delays, but don’t enter the building more than 10 minutes before the start time.
  • Be clear on the dress code - if you’re unsure then check with your recruiter.
  • Last of all make sure you have your recruiter’s contact details to hand - if you’re running late for any reason it’s always a good idea to let them know as soon as possible.

2) The biggest mistakes you can make in final stage interviews:

  • Not answering questions in a concise manner. It’s really easy in an interview scenario to just start speaking as soon as you’re asked a question; don’t be afraid to pause and really structure your answer first. One answer model that works really well is S.T.A.R. which stands for situation, task, action and result. By using this model you should find it a lot easier to successfully answer questions.
  • Not being commercial enough - many companies are looking for candidates that can think in a commercial manner. Remember to link your answers to the company's business model and measures of success.
  • If you have been given feedback after an earlier interview, be sure to action it.
  • Nearly all organisations will have values and the candidate characteristics should be outlined in the role description - make sure you keep this in mind when approaching questions.
  • Not asking any questions yourself! Many candidates forget that interviews are two-way processes and it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the role and the wider team. By asking questions, you’re also showing interest in the role and company. Ideally come with some questions prepared; you could ask about progression, company culture and growth plans for example.

3) Not-so-obvious tips for the morning of a first day at a new job:

  • Make sure you have read through all correspondence carefully. You may have been asked to read through some materials or to bring along a passport and/or P45. If you’re not sure of what to do to prepare, don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter or new manager.
  • Introduce yourself to as many people as possible; make the best first impression you can!
  • Be open to learning new processes. Every company has different ways of doing things; embrace this as much as possible.

4) What makes the best new starter?

  • Someone who wants to learn as much as possible. Most workplaces will offer some kind of training for new starters, some may also give you the opportunity to attend courses and workshops later down the line.
  • Be yourself! It’s of course natural to be nervous in a new role, but remember that you were hired for a reason. Speak to as many people as you can and take advantage of social opportunities.
  • Someone that’s receptive to feedback. Your manager and your team will want you to succeed; if feedback is shared with you make sure to listen carefully and action it wherever possible.

5) A day-in-the-life of a graduate at MVF:

  • Graduate life is always varied at MVF! Most of our grads will start their day in our kitchen and will whip up breakfast; we are provided with ingredients such as fresh bread, mushrooms, eggs, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms. This is free everyday and we can make what we choose.
  • Once at their desks, MVFers will often have stand ups with their team to run through campaigns and projects that they’re working on. They will analyse the performance of campaigns and problem solve as much as they can. Our departments work closely together, and many inter-team meetings take place everyday.
  • At lunchtime, you’ll find many MVFers out in surrounding Kentish Town and Camden. We really are spoilt for choice in terms of lunch options. For those that are more athletic, different sport clubs are organised; everything from personal training to yoga!
  • In the afternoon, graduates typically produce content and crunch the numbers. They could be using photoshop to create and edit the perfect images, working on articles and headlines and using analytical tools to ensure campaigns are as analytical as possible.

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