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Top tips for recruiting

Top tips for recruiting

Top tips for recruiting

Just as a well-written advert will help you stand out from the crowd, a poorly written one can limit the applications you will receive.  Here are some top tips on recruiting a University of Leeds students and graduates:


  • Be clear about the role - create a job description with structured tasks. Having a project focus can be beneficial as it gives a clear direction to the work. Consider what the company and the student or graduate will gain from the role – are there benefits for both parties?
  • Keep the job advert short and snappy: 
  1. Long paragraphs of text can be off-putting. 
  2. Adverts are a taster for your organisation and should reflect the qualities you wish to portray in a concise and interesting way
  3. Don’t use words like young, youthful, junior, energetic, etc. which could suggest that only younger applicants are welcome. Similarly, using the word mature could suggest you are seeking only applications from an older age group.
  4. Don’t specify ‘so many’ years’ experience is required.  This could rule out and deter good applicants who have the requisite skills but have not had the opportunity to demonstrate them over an extended period.
  • Think carefully about the skills the candidate needs to be able to demonstrate in order to complete the role successfully. Include these in a person specification.
  • Be open about the application process and select candidates against the skills listed on the person specification. Plan the interview questions in advance.
  • Provide constructive feedback to candidates on their application and interview to enable them to learn from the experience.
  • Prepare for their arrival - plan an induction so the successful candidate can meet colleagues and ensure everyone understands their role. Allocate the successful candidate a line manager who should discuss the aims of the role and tasks and set clear milestones.
  • Have regular catch ups to discuss progress and provide feedback. Students and graduates often give a fresh perspective and bring new ideas, encourage this, changing the direction of the role if needed.
  • We encourage employers to pay students and graduates in any situation where they are considered ‘workers’, and only advertise opportunities which adhere to the AGCAS Guidelines on Work Experience and Minimum Wage. Pay also means opportunities are open to candidates from all social backgrounds and that interns are more productive.

Please note that all adverts will be checked by the Careers Centre for compliance with the Equality Act 2010. For further information please take a look at EHRC Guidance for Employers.