Moments that Matter in the Recruitment Process

Nistaar Virk, a senior analyst at Macquarie, gives her thoughts on how you can

ensure that you make an impact in the moments that matter most in the graduate

and intern recruitment process.

I joined Macquarie as a graduate in the Risk Management Group back in 2015. I still

remember the intense process of applying for graduate roles and attending careers

fairs and company events in order to understand more about the opportunities

available and what would suit me best.

From submitting your application through to the offer stage, in my view there are five

key moments in the graduate and intern recruitment process that help a potential

employer like Macquarie build an impression of you. I wanted to share some tips for

success throughout each of the stages.

Stage 1: your online application

 Think outside the box - consider a range of roles outside of what you

think you should do with your degree. During my time here, I have

learnt that Macquarie values diversity of thought and your degree will

equip you with transferable skills that can be applied in non-traditional


 Consult widely - utilise multiple channels (such as your parents,

mentor, academics, company website, LinkedIn and career events) to

find out more about the organisation and the role.

 Use your CV to show Macquarie why you are a suitable candidate for

the role. Make sure you include any particular skills you have, and

extra-curricular or personal achievements you have accomplished;

they show your individuality and personality as well as key

competencies such as tenacity, achievement drive and team work .

Stage 2: your psychometric assessment

 Practice is important - your email invitation will include a link to

practice questions which I recommend you do. It’s also helpful to

brush up on your basic maths skills e.g. percentage change, reading

graphs and ratios; you’ll need them during the assessment!

 Be in the right frame of mind - there is a wealth of evidence linking

nutrition and sleep to improved cognitive performance. Eating well