Get Recruitment Ready with top tips from Tara Matatia, Graduate Talent Manager at WSP

WSP’s Graduate Talent Manager shares key insights on interview preparation, plus what employers look for when they’re hiring.

Your career journey

“I enjoy helping students begin their career journeys into the world of work, and fostering diversity of thought. In my role as the Graduate Talent Manager at WSP New Zealand. I design and implement our national recruitment campaigns and strategies, identifying emerging talent from a range of Kiwi universities.

“I have the privilege of working with a wide range of people, from university students and faculty, to those in our Graduate roles, through to managers. It keeps my days varied and interesting!

WSP: Solving local challenges

“If you haven’t come across us before, WSP is a world-leading design, engineering and environmental consultancy. Our global network of 50,000 staff spans across 550 offices in 44 countries, and our purpose focuses on creating what matters for future generations. We operate locally and have been working in Aotearoa for over 150 years. We’re focused on harnessing the know-how of our local and gobal experts to solve local challenges.

Fresh talent: we want you!

“We’re hiring now! We’re looking for fresh talent to bring new perspectives and shape the future of Aotearoa. If you’re studying engineering, science, planning, property or architecture, then we would love to hear from you!

Apply now for our 2021 Graduate Development Programme, applications close Sunday 29 March 2020.

Enjoying the recruitment process

“I really enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of candidates, and the fun and excitement of taking people through the recruitment process. My goal is to ensure the experience is enjoyable, fair and educational for our candidates. It can be nerve-wracking, but try to enjoy navigating your employability adventure!

Top tips to prepare well for an interview

“Preparation really does pay off. Here are five top tips when preparing for a job interview, to get you recruitment ready:

  1. Research, research, research! The organisation will want to know what about it appeals to you, and why you applied. Do your homework: familiarise yourself with recent projects that pique your interest and learn a bit of the history behind the organisation. Then get personal: consider how this information about the company aligns with your values, and what you want from your employer.
  2. Sell your skills. We want to learn who you are, what motivates you, and how you want to start navigating your career path. Think about your attributes, skills and experience. What makes you an asset to a team? What are your work passions and goals? What type of work are you keen to do? Don’t forget your soft skills, too!
  3. Question us too. A common error I see is when applicants forget this side of the interview conversation. Before your interview, prepare a few questions about the company, role and work culture to ask during your interview. This is your opportunity to learn more, plus it shows us that you’ve done your homework and are genuinely interested in the job opportunity.
  4. Practice makes perfect. Ask a friend, family member or mentor to help you prepare by mock interviewing you. They could get you to summarise your experience, and ask you a few common interview questions which a quick internet search can generate. Practice sharing your achievements and providing specific examples that highlight a situation or task, actions you took and the outcome.
  5. Plan your route. This last one sounds a bit obvious, but it’s crucial! Be sure to plan your route prior to the interview day so you know how long the commute will take. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the interview, so you can sign in and collect your thoughts. It’s best not to arrive at the organisation more than 10 minutes early, as your interviewer also needs time to set up for your interview!”

CDES: your career go-to service to get recruitment ready

CDES are here to help you get recruitment ready for 2020, and beyond!

Visit our website to check out our career services and recruitment events on now! You can also login to MyCDES to discover your one-stop online career portal, full of free workshops on all kinds of career related topics including interviews, CV’s and cover letters. Plus discover recruitment events and expos coming up soon on campus!