Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program 2018/19

The Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program helps students make a smooth transition from study life to work life by presenting a range of activities and tasks designed to help you prepare quality applications.

This program will give you access to a range of online and face-to-face activities and resources to engage you with the graduate recruitment processes. Completing this program will ensure you are prepared and ready to submit on time, industry standard applications to your targeted employers.

The program includes information, workshops, activities and assistance covering;

  • Graduate programs - what are they, when do I apply, what is the application process?
  • Finding positions/employers/programs.
  • Understanding the recruitment process timeline.
  • Application preparation including resume, identification and articulation of employability skills, addressing Selection Criteria and your LinkedIn page.
  • The Online Application Form.
  • Psychometric Testing.
  • Face-to-face interviews.
  • Industry events.

For further details and application information, please contact Careers on 4736 0424 or email careers@westernsydney.edu.au

Program outline


Activity 1: Graduate Programs, what are they, when do I apply and where can I find them?

Activity 1: Graduate Programs, what are they, when do I apply and where can I find them?

An online investigation module that targets key graduate employment websites. You will use these websites to select the programs and employers you are most interested in.

An excel based template will also be included to help you organise your job applications and navigate your way through the application processes. Your task will be to populate the template with the information you find.  Anticipated time for this activity is one hour but as you use the template, it will end up saving you lots of time as all your application information and status will be in the one place.

Activity 2: Build your graduate resume

Activity 2: Build your graduate resume

Your application process starts with your Graduate Resume. If you don’t have a current resume, use our “resume writing template” in conjunction with our booklet “Developing a Graduate Resume” to get you started.

If you have a current resume, use the above resources or our resume checklist to review and update your resume into the format and style expected by Graduate recruiters.

After you have used the checklist and made the necessary changes to your resume, you can submit it to us insert link to resume review form for a resume review through CareerHub just to be sure it is industry standard ready.

Activity 3: Exclusive workplace visits and presentations (GRPP & WiSE Program Students)

Activity 3: Exclusive workplace visits and presentations (GRPP & WiSE Program Students)

Experience first-hand what a day in the life of your dream job could look like. Gain knowledge and advice on the different recruitment processes requirement processes required by organisations and network with professionals in the industry. The workplace visit are only open for eligible Western Sydney University Students.

Previous GRPP workplace visit have included employers such as:

  • pwc Barrangaroo
  • NSW Public Service Commission
  • Deloitte

Activity 4: Addressing Selection Criteria

Activity 4: Addressing Selection Criteria

Almost all job applications require you to address a list of selection criteria. Complete this interactive online learning module to get you started on writing quality responses to the selection criteria typically used by Graduate employers. Don’t let your written application let you down. Progress through to the next stage in the Graduate recruitment process by knowing what to include and how to write industry standard applications.

Activity 4 includes an Addressing Selection Criteria & Highlighting your Skills - Face to Face Workshop. This activity refines your writing into interview winning industry standard applications. Learn how to identify and articulate the skills you bring and expertly address them in the selection criteria section that forms part of the online graduate recruitment application processes. The first part of the workshop will be identifying your own employability skills then matching them with the selection criteria typically used by graduate employers in your industry. Representatives from current graduate recruiting employers are being invited as co-facilitators.

You will also meet, learn from, and participate with other program participants.

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Psychometric Testing are designed to assess an individual’s mental capabilities and behavioural style. They are often used in recruitment processes to assess your suitability for a role based on the required personality characters and cognitive abilities. This online activity links you with a variety of practice Psychometric tests related to employability. Find out the type and style of questions you can expect so you can perform at your best when these are used as a selection tool by recruiters.

Activity 6: Interview Skills

Activity 6: Interview Skills

Preparing for an interview by practicing answering likely questions will assist you in remaining calm and collected. Reflect on your past experiences, gather your thoughts and ideas and make some notes. Activity 8 is an online worksheet that:

  • matches your experiences to typical interview questions and helps you formulate appropriate responses, &
  • outlines common questions and guides you through building strong responses.
  • Activity 6 includes a Practice Interviews, Face-to-Face Session. “The formula to success is PRACTICE”. Book yourself into a time slot that suits you online via CareerHub. The practice sessions will run every 30 minutes from 10:00am to 6:00pm. In your half hour you will observe, participate in and be a panel member in three separate interviews. Understand the interview process from three perspectives and learn from experience to build your own effective interview performance.

    Activity 7: Assessment Centre

    Activity 7: Assessment Centre

    The term ‘assessment centre’ refers to a range of assessments or evaluation techniques normally undertaken by a number of applicants while observed by trained assessors as a part of a recruitment process. The assessors evaluate the applicant’s performance based on pre-determined selection criteria. This is your opportunity to participate in an Assessment Centre simulation where you participate in tests, challenges and activities typically used in the final stages of the selection process by graduate recruiters