How to prepare for case interviews

A case interview is a type of interview in which a candidate is asked to analyse and solve a hypothetical business problem or brainteaser question. Case interviews are commonly used in the consulting sector, while investment banks and tech firms are also increasingly using them as part of their recruitment processes. The magic (or perhaps…

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BMS assessment day

How candidates are assessed at graduate assessment centres

Almost 60,00 Career Pulse assessments completed in Abintegro’s Career Centre have shown that students and graduates are not confident about working with recruiters.  To help address this, Abintegro’s Content Team recently spent the day at BMS Performance, a leading recruitment agency, assessing over 5,000 candidates each year for roles in sales, marketing, engineering and IT…

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What is an apprenticeship?

For generations apprenticeships have been a tried and tested – though sometimes overlooked – entry route into a number of industries and occupations. An apprenticeship is work experience that comes with pay, training and a qualification. Apprenticeships typically last between one and four years and are usually regulated by the government. This ensures that participants…

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Office space

What to do on the first day in your new job

Whether fresh-faced student/graduate or battle-hardened professional, those first few hours of a new job or internship are often among the most stressful and daunting of our working lives. There are new bosses to impress, umpteen co-workers’ names to remember, IT networks to get your head around and chunky induction packs to plough through. If that…

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Beating the winter blues

Beating the winter blues

Temperatures have dropped, trees are getting barer every day and the days have become darker and shorter: winter is here. This is often the time when people start feeling less energised, with both moods and motivation levels taking a turn for the worst. For some people seasonal affective disorder (SAD) starts kicking in; a form…

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seasonal Job hunting

Is this a silly season to look for a job?

Unless you’re an elf work probably isn’t the only thing on your mind as we move into holiday season. For most of us, late-November hits and professional ambitions quickly find themselves usurped by the demands of online present shopping and researching turkey recipes. To put your job hunt on freeze until January, however, is to…

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Loudspeaker

How to find volunteering positions

Taking up a volunteering position can be incredibly rewarding and provide an excellent opportunity to develop key skills, meet new people and gain valuable workplace experience. Finding a volunteering opportunity should start with a little introspection; for the experience to be truly valuable it should be well-matched to your interests and skillset and fit in…

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Business planning

Top tips for taking initiative at work

‘Proactive’, ‘can-do attitude’, ‘self-starter’: you’ve probably come across these words and phrases in more than one job description. They’re all about showing initiative. But what does that really mean? Showing initiative is showing a willingness to get things done and take responsibility. In the workplace, someone with initiative might: pre-empt what might happen and take sensible, productive action…

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job search

8 tips to speed up your job search

Has your job hunt not been yielding the results you’d like? Or are things moving at a slower pace than you’d hoped? If so, it might be time to re-evaluate how you’ve been approaching your search so far. Looking for work can be time-consuming, but putting in the hours will eventually pay off. The half-hearted…

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