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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Helpful tips to win the Undergraduate of the year awards

Helpful tips from 2012's Accountancy & Economics Undergraduate of the year winner, Shabbir Merali

I found the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year competition to be an amazing experience last year. The whole process was great and I learnt so much and picked up many skills through the journey to winning.
I thought I’d use this opportunity to share a few tips with those applying this year.

1) Preparation is key: Don’t try to wait until the deadline before applying and completing the various tests and assessments. This is especially the case when you’ve got lengthy written questions to answer. Try and give yourself plenty of time before the deadline to conduct some research, in order to write a well-thought out answer, and if you have time, ask your friends and family to check through your answers.

2) Practice the tests: During the process, you will asked to complete various psychometric tests in order to test your verbal, numerical and logical abilities. Before you take these tests, it’s really helpful to have some practice. There are plenty of websites which offer you the opportunity to practice similar style questions, which will help you to get used to the format of the questions and also enable you to get better at answering the questions faster. One of the biggest challenges with the tests is the time limit, so make sure you’re aware of how long’s left!

3) Be confident: Hopefully through practicing the tests and preparing thoroughly for the written questions you will stand a good chance of getting through to the assessment centre.  If you do get this far, just be confident in your abilities. Your application and test scores must have been outstanding to get this far, so act confidently during the assessment centre and give it your best shot.

4) Learn: The whole process will allow you the opportunity to develop your skills and entering the competition can be a great addition to your CV. Take on board any feedback that you receive and take full advantage of this opportunity.

Best of Luck!!