Every platform has guidelines for use and in this short video, we are going to run you through ours.
In this blog you will find our full video script featuring our DigitalGrads hiring platform guidelines. Feel free to read ahead, but if you fancy us telling you ourselves, then click play on the video!
DigitalGrads’ job is to manage both yours and the employers’ expectations.
You will probably have other interviews or projects going on outside of DigitalGrads, and that is completely fine and expected.
But what we insist on, is that you are open and honest with us about your position. If you are having interviews for another role, or you have another job offer, it’s fine to say so.
We are always on your side - but we can’t help if we don’t know what’s going on.
And we always take the view that there is absolutely no point in us trying to persuade you to take a job which you don’t want. It wastes everyone’s time.
It’s no surprise that the candidates who respond to employers immediately are most likely to be invited to interviews.
So when an employer gets in touch with you to ask you about a new role via the hiring platform, please respond as soon as you can ideally on the same day.
You will find that employers will rule you out of their process if you cannot communicate quickly and clearly with them.
As we are introducing you to our client base, we ask that you are professional in everything you do. You are representing us and yourself.
Your language and attitude should reflect this.
Be polite and positive at all times.
If an employer contacts you about a job that you are interested in then politely explain why not, so that they can move on.
There is never any harm asking employers questions about the roles if you’re not sure. And the worst thing you could do is to ignore the message.
When attending interviews, you will find that there are lots of different types of companies out there.
Some will have strict dress codes and rules, and others will be jeans and a t-shirt and very relaxed.
But by being polite and well turned out in interviews, you will never go wrong.
A golden rule in business is that you never know when you may across that person again, so always be respectful and polite.
Keeping it on the platform
If an employer contacts you outside the platform via email, phone or LinkedIn, we ask that you let us know.
Sometimes employers will prefer to use their own systems and that’s totally fine, we don’t stop that happening or insist they use our messaging system.
But we do like to know what is happening with our candidates so that we can help if we need to.
So remember you can always get in touch with us, and if you are invited to an interview or offered a role outside the platform, please do drop us a line to let us know.
We recommend that you treat each and every interview request as a positive thing.
You may initially look at the role being offered and it doesn’t quite fit the idea of what you are looking for.
But it’s worth remembering that the employer has seen something that they like in your profile, and given that jobs in the digital industries are extremely competitive it means you’ve done incredibly well to get this far!
The other thing to consider is that attending a first interview doesn’t mean you are committing to anything. It as much your opportunity to find out about the role, as it is the employers chance to get to know you. Interviews are a two-way street and it’s the very best way to find out a bit more about the role and can often open up opportunities you may not know existed.
At the very least you will gain invaluable interview experience.
The first rule of thumb is DO NOT BE LATE, in fact try being at least 10 minutes early.
You might well have a valid excuse, but first impressions really do last, and you will struggle to come back from the sin of turning up late.
On top of this, you should study the company website carefully, think of how your experience fits with the job description, and prepare questions - they want you to be interested in what they are doing.
We have a handy interview prep checklist and interview questions hand-out that we will send to you to help you prepare.
And lastly the three H’s -
As I mentioned earlier, you will be up against a lot of other candidates, many of who might have more experience than you. But of course experience isn’t everything, and that’s why our video profiles are such a good opportunity for you to earn yourself an interview.
We have found that the best attributes for graduates to show are what we call the 3 H’s. Humble, Hardworking and Hungry.
Whilst confidence can be a good thing, it’s important to realise that you don’t know everything, but to have the hunger to want to learn more, and the hardworking attitude to get you there.
We’re here to answer any questions you may have and support you in your job search. We’ll always be frank and honest with you, and only ask the same from you in return.
So are you ready? Then it’s over to you. Make it happen!