Many of you job seekers may come across the ecosurety graduate roles as they are so aggressively advertised. I attended the AC and have posted a thorough review of what to expect:
So I arrived to Bristol for the ecosurety AC with more excitement than nerves. However, the excitement was soon quashed. Upon entering the conference room, I was told that this AC was for a total of 36 candidates across three roles. This made this AC 3x as large as any AC I had ever been to before.
Now if I had been told this prior to the day - I wouldn’t have bothered to turn up. How a company can practically deduce appropriate employees from 36 candidates in one sitting for a number of varying roles is beyond me. What this portrayed was an attempt to save costs by squeezing in everyone across one day and a lack of time dedicated to their cause in search of new employees. At this point I was out but thought I may as well stick around for the experience.
So how did the day pan out:
Well it begins with a 'speed-interview session.’ You have 1 minute to tell those hiring the following:
Where you are in life - e.g. qualifications, experience, etc
Why you are suited to the role you applied for
Something someone would not know by looking at you
You have to do this with 8 people. I understand this was an attempt to filter out only the best quality answers due to the limited time; but this is just a ridiculous concept. You cannot get to know a person properly in a minute. Plus they were scoring all answers, I think from a scale from 1-4 (not sure). How ridiculous. Quantifying someone before you can even get to know them. Conducting thorough telephone interviews would have been more effective.
We then moved on to the group exercise. This really depends on the group you get and whether they are good enough to work out the problem. Suffice to say it is a good exercise in which you are given cards and have to work out a route from A to B.
Unfortunately one of the answer are missing and you have to work this out and ask the facilitator the RIGHT question for he/she to respond with the right answer which will then help you solve the problem.
The question that needed to be asked in this case was: what is the distance from sec to berylon.
We then had another group exercise. We were left in the same groups. A bit silly that as they should have changed groups around in order to encourage effective team building. A bit frustrating also if you’re stuck with those that are not that intellectually capable across two whole exercises.
In this task we were given a brief in regards to preparing a presentation to the council for a grant to invoke an environmental project in schools.
We had to prepare the presentation and then present it.
The task was poorly worded, poor instructions were given, and none of the presentations actually matched the brief given. (Because the brief was so poorly worded).
But apart from the poor tasks - what really killed it for me was the attitude of one of the ecosurety employees. I will not name or shame. But he did not smile once throughout the day, gave blunt answers to all questions, and generally just looked miserable. Now I wouldn’t want to work for a company that had people with such attitudes like that.
Therefore, I am of the opinion that you should avoid this company unless you are really desperate for a job - just as most of the attendees were.