Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program

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

Access GRPP

To access the program and get started on activities check out the Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program workflow (via CareerHub).

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 introduces you to 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.

We suggest you aim to complete this activity by November 30.

Activity 2: Resume Ready

Activity 2: Resume Ready

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.

We suggest you aim to complete this activity by December 10.

Activity 3: Addressing Selection Criteria

Activity 3: 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.  This is the stage that over 90% of application get rejected. Progress through to the next stage in the graduate recruitment process by knowing what and how to write for industry-standard applications.

We suggest you commence this activity as soon as your resume is complete and aim to finish this activity by January 21.

Activity 4: Video interview

Activity 4: Video interview

Know how to prepare, produce and present a two-minute Video about yourself that makes the employer smile. Begin by building your story then learn how to set up and record your professional looking presentation.

You will probably need this as part of your initial application so we suggest you aim to finish this activity by January 30.

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Psychometric tests 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.

Aim to have this completed by February 11 to stay on track to being ready for the opening of applications for the first of the 2021 opportunities

Activity 6: Face to face interviews

Activity 6: Face to face interviews

Stay in control. Begin your preparation by answering likely questions.   Learn how to build your answers by reflecting on and using your past experiences to deliver evidence-based responses.

Complete activities to help you match your experiences to typical interview questions and help you formulate appropriate responses. Review common questions and be guided through building strong answers.

A face to face interview means you have been shortlisted so make the most of the opportunity by preparing well.

We suggest you aim to complete this section by February 25.

Activity 7: Assessment Centre

Activity 7: Assessment Centre

Tuesday March 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Parramatta City. Booking required.

The term ‘assessment centre’ refers to a range of group work activities you will be asked to do while being observed by trained assessors as a part of a recruitment process. This is often one of the final stages of the assessment process and this session gives you a heads up on what to expect.

This session is the final activity in the 2020 – 21 GRPP program and is a two-hour face-to-face assessment centre simulation.  This is your opportunity to experience a practice assessment centre where you participate in tests, challenges and activities typically used in the final stages of the selection process by graduate recruiters.

As there are only 60 positions available for this activity.  Preference will be given to students who have satisfactorily completed at least four of the previous six GRPP activities.

Bookings are essential and will open in CareerHub on Tuesday March 3 2020.