After advertising for 2014 Graduate vacancies towards the end of last year, and sifting and conducting online assessments during January; last week Cundall finally got to meet some of its applicants face-to-face!
Cundall received over 500 applications for its graduate roles this year, so competition was fierce. The standard of application was high and this resulted in Cundall inviting a record number of applicants (over 150!) to complete online assessments. Strong assessment scores meant that Cundall was able to invite 50 candidates to its Assessment Centres, as the final step towards a career as a Civil, Structural or Building Services Engineer.
Cundall’s crack team of assessors, which included Engineers and HR professionals, put candidates through their paces across a range of individual and group exercises, as well as conducting the obligatory interview. Below are a few quotes from the Cundall assessors:
Carole O’Neil, Cundall HR Director said “I’ve been recruiting graduates into a variety of professions since some of this year’s applicants were in primary school, and the calibre of candidates seems to get better every year. It’s testament to the hard work that these young people have put in at school and university that they show up to our Assessment Centres, not only with fantastic academic credentials, but with a range of extra-curricular activities and interpersonal skills that make you wonder how they find time to sleep!”
Stephen Clough, Cundall Partner, said “The standard of graduates we saw during the assessment centre was extremely high and the selection process certainly put them through their paces. I am convinced that the graduates we have selected will be a real asset to the business in the coming years as they develop their careers with Cundall.”
Belinda Morgan, Cundall Partner, said: “This is something I would definitely support again. It gives us, as a company, a fantastic opportunity to not only witness the calibre of students out there, but to see which universities are turning out the best candidates.”
Cundall understands how important the decision on where to commence a career as a graduate is. They also recognise that Assessment Centres can be scary, exhausting and time-consuming. Cundall, therefore views this as a two-way process, which gives candidates a real opportunity to have a good look at who Cundall is and what the company is about, while showing off what they can do. All of their centres are held at their Newcastle head office, to give candidates a feel for its culture, and make sure that current Graduate Engineers are available for candidates to chat to during their breaks.
Following the Assessment Centres, Cundall would like to thank all of the candidates who applied for one of its graduate roles. They’ve had to turn away some great applicants at each stage of the process, and they wish them all the very best in their future careers, wherever they end up. Cundall is looking forward to welcoming some great people in September!