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WCN seminar to explore the graduate challenge

With data from High Fliers Research suggesting Britain’s leading graduate employers received an average of 46 applications per post this year - up from 35 in 2008 - organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to identify the best graduate talent.

In response, WCN, the e-Recruitment specialists, are hosting a special breakfast seminar where some of the UK’s biggest private and public sectors graduate employers will share their experiences and techniques.

The free-to-attend event on 24th January 2014 in London is aimed at those who head-up graduate recruitment teams and will feature presentations from HM Revenue & Customs, Credit Suisse, John Lewis Partnership, Civil Service Fast Stream and WCN.

Interviews remain at the heart of the selection process, so to kick off the seminar, Becky Wareham, resourcing strategy manager at John Lewis Partnership will outline what a great interview looks like. 

Coping with large volumes of physical interviews and assessments in order to get down to the final graduate recruits is a major challenge. Gwynne Goodfield, tax professional graduate recruitment at HM Revenue & Customs, will explain how online technologies can help. HMRC has clearly mastered the art of handling large volumes of applicants, it recently beat banks and other financial institutions to win the title of “Most popular graduate recruiter – Banking, insurance and financial services 2013” – an award voted for by students. This was no mean feat given that in 2012 the organisation received nearly 16,000 applications to recruit a total of 200 tax professionals.

Diversity is high on many agendas Phil Watson, chief assessor and chief psychologist at the Civil Service Fast Stream will explain how to ensure not only great but also diverse graduate talent is brought into an organisation.

Jeanette Maister, managing director of WCN’s business in the US will draw on her considerable experience as Credit Suisse’s former Global COO of Campus Recruitment, to share the very latest on-campus event tools, techniques and thinking which are coming out of the US. The breakfast seminar will close with a talk on how technology facilitates early identification of great talent and maximises the graduate pipeline generated by on-campus events.

To reserve seats at this free-to-attend event email seminars@wcn.co.uk or call 02082 965908

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