Tips for students from Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover were at Sheffield Hallam today, presenting to students interested in their graduate programme. Students were given an overview of the company and their products, and details of their different graduate schemes. They had a chance to hear from and ask questions of recent graduates now working for JLR.

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You might not know that:

  • Jaguar Land Rover aren’t just looking for engineers; many of their programmes are open to students from any degree
  • All graduate trainees spend two weeks on a manufacturing placement, getting experience on the production line
  • The JLR graduate programmes are open to international students
  • There is a JLR Graduates Facebook group, which successful candidates can use to help find somewhere to live, and housemates from amongst other graduate trainees

Top tips for applicants

There is lots of information on the JLR website to help you prepare for the recruitment process: http://www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com/brochure/graduate/

A couple of tips from today:

  • Situational Judgement Test – try to use the full range of the options open to you when choosing a response, don’t go for the sitting-on-the-fence options in the middle
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the psychometric tests uninterrupted, and practice first
  • In the group activity part of the assessment centre you will have to share information, and to do this you will need to communicate well with other members of your group, and listen to them
  • Don’t treat the assessment centre day like a competition – they are looking for candidates who can work with others
  • In-tray exercise – make sure you take the time to read everything first, before you take any action

and

  • You must really familiarise yourself with the company’s High Performance Business Behaviours – they will be looking for these at all stages of the recruitment process

JLR received 20,000 applications last year, across the full range of their programmes. Clearly, their programmes are competitive to get onto. If you are thinking of applying for any of the schemes, the Careers and Employment Service can help you prepare for the recruitment process.