As you can imagine, there are multiple different Graduate recruitment processes out there across different companies and countries.

Some processes are longer (3-4 months) and some a little shorter (1-2 months). Some will be quite engaging, with lots of interaction from the company and recruiters. Some will be quite process driven with very little interaction from a real person, most of the communication will be via email or other communication mediums. This process may not feel as engaging, however if you want to work for the company, don’t let this deter you. Keep as engaged as you can be.

This topic is dedicated to inform you of the different recruitment process steps that are out there. We will list as many alternatives as we can find across the globe. Please note that you may or may not see the processes in the sequence that we post on this topic once you applyyour average process will be 4-5 steps and therefore we doubt you will see ANY process as long as you will see it below. We have published this to allow you to see all the different types of steps there are out there.

The below diagram lists all the potential steps that you may see in a recruitment process.

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As mentioned above, this diagram lists all possible recruitment steps we know of.

Your average process will be 4-5 steps and therefore we doubt you will see ANY process as long as you will see it above.

We will now go into more depth in regards to every step, for those steps which have current Undercover Grad Recruiter blogs, we will add the link to the description, which will be an excellent resource for you.

Application Form: This is the first step of any application, some application forms are long and in depth asking behavioural and motivational fit questions as well as personal information. Some are shorter, only gathering personal information such as your degree type, grades and type of area you want to work in. For further in depth information, read A Successful Application form blog.

Online testing/ Assessments: These are usually at the first few stages of any recruitment process. There is a myriad of different tests or assessments you may be asked to undertake, we have listed everything in great depth as well as links to sample tests in the following blog Tried & Tested.

Video Interview: A relatively new stage in graduate recruitment which is now quite prevalent. Often you will find that video interviews have taken the place of phone interviews. For awesome insights, read our UC Grad Recruiter blog Video Interviews, are you ready?

Phone Interview: A very traditional part of most recruitment processes is slowly being phased out by the video interview. Many companies do not have this as part of their process any more. It’s always going to be nerve wracking doing these, but out blog goes into great depth to help you be ready and prepare Master the phone interview.

Assessment Centre (A/C’s): Another very traditional part of most recruitment processes, the assessment centre is about half way through a standard process. You may find yourself being assessed in a small group of 5-10 people, medium of about 20-30 or really large group of 50-100 people. Some A/C’s can last for approximately 1.5-3hrs, some for half or even a full day. Whatever the circumstance, you must ensure you are well prepared and use all your prior knowledge and research to ensure you are at the top of your game. It’s not uncommon to find various different assessments in an A/C, these may include group activities, case studies, behavioural interviews or presentations. Click here to learn more about assessment centres.

Case Study & Presentation: This stage can either sit by itself or can be integrated into an assessment centre or interview. A case study allows us as recruiters to see various competencies such as quick and lateral thinking, your ability to present information in a way others can understand, your ability to integrate and draw on information given to you and your communication skills. A case study can often be based on the company, the industry or current world issues. The answers you must provide are typically tailored to your background such as marketing, HR or accounting even if the information you have been given is the same. Case studies are an awesome opportunity for you to showcase your strengths, technical knowledge and theory in your chosen field with quite a bit of freedom in the way you want to present. Some case studies outcomes will weigh heavily on you getting through to the next stage, some not so much. UCGR recommends you ask the recruiter if the scoring is heavily weighed in this step of the process so you can ascertain how much effort and time you will need to spend on preparation.

Face to Face interview: The holy grail! Interviews are typically towards the end of any process, it means you are nearly there… fact is that there is a 2:1 ratio at final interview, so you have a 50/50 chance at success. For example approximately 200 graduates will be invited to fill 100 spots, so you have a great chance at securing an offer if you have got this far. Don’t doubt yourself because as you have got this far, there is something about you they want! They know you have what it takes to potentially join their program, so take this step REALLY seriously. Prepare and practice for days in advance, be ready, motivated and passionate. A final interview is typically 1 hour in length with either a business manager (or multiple), HR or a recruiter. Click here to learn more about final interviews with plenty of examples and preparation tips.

Behavioural & Job Fit assessments: These assessments are not highly prevalent across companies, however is still present, so it’s worth knowing about this stage. Note this is not the same as the testing & assessment stage done earlier in the process. This is an assessment done at the end of the process to validate recruiters have made the right choice and to compare your behavioural competencies and job fit potential to be successful in that organisation based on pre-defined competencies.

Background and/ or Medical Checks: There is nothing much you need to do for this step apart from provide your details as requested or attend a medical check as required. The rest will be completed by the company or provider. Checks can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on what you have been asked to undertake. The following types of checks may be performed for Graduates:

  • Background / Police Checks
  • Internal Security Checks
  • Government clearance Checks
  • Medical Checks
  • Working with Children Checks


Be sure to click on and read the associated blog to each step as suggested, otherwise the information given may be a little brief. Each blog is in depth and dedicated to each topic.

As always, feel free to reach out & contact Undercover Grad Recruiter if you have any queries.

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