All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by NFU Mutual employees based on 58 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.2/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.7/5
 
Company Culture:
3.9/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
3.9/5
 
Training:
3.9/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.7/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

About Us

One of the UK’s leading general insurance and financial services companies, NFU Mutual has been meeting our customers’ needs for over 100 years. Our employees are important to us. We empower and inspire them to perform, offer opportunities to grow and we recognise and reward their contribution. They are proud to work for a company that respects them and broader communities, and they trust us to be financially sustainable so we are successful now, and in the future.

Why Insurance?

Insurance is a challenging career with many paths to take and the opportunity to develop skills at every step across a broad range of disciplines; it is a competitive and ever changing industry that suits enthusiastic people with bright ideas.

Our Graduate Schemes

NFU Mutual offers a range of Schemes that will allow you to focus on your career route and explore different business areas so that you can find where you excel. We are in the top 5 in the UK for graduate schemes that take on less than 20 graduates yearly and we are looking for graduates with the potential to become business leaders across locations including Stratford Upon Avon, York, Bristol and regional in the UK. Our 2017 schemes will go live in January 2017 and assessments will take place in March with the opportunity to learn what a career at NFU Mutual means. For more information please click here

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Number of Graduate Positions this year
25

Total number of company employees
3,600

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Contact Details 01789 202963
professional_trainee_mailbox@nfumutual.co.uk
http://www.nfumutualcareers.co.uk/working-here/graduate-opportunities

Contact: Aileen Cowler

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Customer Service Operations Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I have been really lucky to spend my first placement with a very supportive and motivated team who have been happy to help me learn the ropes here at NFU. I was also given the opportunity to get involved with a project from the start which has given me exposure to key stakeholders in different areas of the business and has helped me to develop lots of new skills. It has been great to be involved in this piece of work and is something I'm really passionate about so I am hopeful that I will have chance to move into this area in the future.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Finance Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I enjoy the variety which is offered by my role, particularly because there are rotations between teams and different opportunities available in each of the rotations. The scheme is also quite flexible and I am able to get involved in projects which would be outside my usual role. I am able to drive my development and alongside studying for mandatory qualifications, there is loads of training and development opportunities available depending on my personal needs. My colleagues and fellow graduates are also very supportive and always available to answer questions or sit down and explain something to me, even during busy periods.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Professional Trainee Scheme Job Title: Customer Service Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- The flexibility to organise your own working day and arrange to see and experience parts of the business that interest you.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: IT Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people at the company
Career progression opportunities

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: Customer Services Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

PT's receive a lot of exposure to senior management and gateway opportunities to roles normally reserved for more experienced individuals.

The reward package, both off scheme and within the organisation, is really favourable at present. Bonuses of up to 10% per annum, plus yearly salary increases for PT's.

Fantastic training package and opportunities; including support and accreditation up to ACII and PRINCE2, alongside in-house development on influencing and consultancy skills.

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: Customer Services Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Support, training, being able to meet with key stakeholders, other graduates.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Customer Service Operations Job Title: CS Ops Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Opportunity to get involved in project work
- Access to training/ courses
- The ability to do a variety of placements across different areas within the department
- The people I work with

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Finanace Job Title: Finance Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Communicating with different teams within the business
Working with other divisions and discussing their budgets
Building networks
Having a friendly team

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: IT Job Title: IT & Business Management Professional Trainee

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: HR Job Title: HR Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

From the very start I was working with key stakeholders on important projects and trusted to drive and complete much of the work myself. My exposure to the department has been amazing, I've been able to explore a variety of roles and study towards really great qualifications.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people I work with.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Sales and Agency Job Title: Quality Development Consultant

Industry: Banking and Finance

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Customer Service Job Title: Customer Service Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The work is different on a daily basis and can be very challenging at times so I am always learning new things and developing skills that will help me gain my final role.

There is a great mentoring scheme that has past Professional Trainees as the mentors offering really helpful advice from their own experiences.

There are numerous networking opportunities and opportunities to work in different areas of the business.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Group Finance Job Title: Professional Trainee - Finance

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Support and training offered
- Responsibility given early on

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: Sales and Agency Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Great place to work, with great people. Give you the freedom to choose your own career path.

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: Sales & Agency Job Title: Professional Trainee Scheme

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Working in teams, opportunities to meet high level management and a different challenge everyday.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: IT Job Title: IT Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Exposure to upper level managers and opportunity to get a holistic view of the department.

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: HR Job Title: HR Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Lots of responsibility for a graduate with little HR experience. I have excellent relationships with senior HR managers and am currently doing work for the HR director.

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Industry: Banking and Finance Department: Customer Services Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

- Plenty of opportunity to flit around the business and try new things.
- Once managers trust you to do well they give a lot of autonomy and opportunity.
- Great place to work; lot's of focus on development and employee engagement.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance Department: Group Finance Job Title: Professional Trainee

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people that I work with are all very friendly and make coming to work more enjoyable. Everyone is willing to help you to improve, I haven't found anyone who doesn't have the time to help you.
On the scheme there is plenty of opportunity to experience many different departments as it is rotational. The managers are also very encouraging with getting you involved with ad hoc projects and other areas of the business to develop your knowledge.
The support given by various managers means that you never feel isolated with an issue and can speak to your mentor about anything.

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Flexibility, exposure to senior management within the IT division, working culture.

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Industry: IT Development & Consulting, IT Consulting Department: Operational Architecture Job Title: Professional Trainee

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Consultant Job Title: Quality Development Consultant

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter Department: Customer Service Operations Job Title: Professional Trainee

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter Department: Customer Service Operations Job Title: Professional Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Sales & Trading Department: Insurance Job Title: Professional Trainee

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Company Accounts & Finance Management Department: Finance Job Title: Professional Trainee

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter Department: Risk Selection Job Title: Risk Selection Consultant

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Insurance Sales Department: IT Job Title: IT Professional Trainee

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Industry: IT Support & Telecoms, IT Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: IT Graduate Scheme Job Title: IT Professional Trainee

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Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Insurance Sales Department: North West Sales Job Title: Professional Trainee

Industry: IT Support & Telecoms, IT Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: IT Professional Trainee

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Job Title: Graduate

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Application Advice:

Persevere! Having graduated 8 years ago, I have had a couple of other roles since university and the recruitment process for NFU Mutual was without a doubt the lengthiest and most rigorous I have faced to so far. (I think it took around 8 months from my initial application to an actual job offer!). There were several points along the way that I thought that they must no longer be interested, but it's was purely that the process is slow and communication a little sporadic which I think is a reflection of the high volume of applications. This has only been my experience of the recruitment process though; since being offered the job communication has been fantastic every step of the way.

Interview Advice:

Easy to say but be yourself. The environment at NFU is professional but relaxed and they value individual differences much more than other companies I've worked for. I got the impression at the assessment day that they were really looking for people who had integrity so don't try to pretend to be something you're not! I had two interviews with the company and in the first one I spent so much time worrying about what I thought they'd want to hear, rather than what I actually had to say, that I made a bit of a mess of it! Second time round I worried a lot less about the answer they were looking for and found my answers were a lot more natural and sincere so they got to see the real me, rather than the rehearsed answers I'd given before.

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Prepare well for the video interview, have notes off camera which you can refer to, to remind yourself what to say. Dress smart and remember to smile.

At the assessment centre, be confident and be yourself. Make sure you are well prepared for your presentation, have chosen topics which are relevant to the company and have thoroughly researched to be able to answer questions afterwards.

Interview Advice:

Research the company well and understand their values. Come well prepared with examples of answers to usual competency type questions, such as examples of when you have worked well in a team or lead a group project etc. Research the qualifications provided and be able to justify why you want to do them and how they will benefit you.

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know about the business, do your research. Lack of knowledge about insurance isn't necessarily a bad thing however you must know about the company and what makes us different.

Interview Advice:

- Show your personality, NFUM are looking for the right motivated attitude.
- Do your company research before.
- Think of examples from past jobs and university/ school that will impress.
- Research interview techniques and practice questions.

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Professional Trainee Scheme at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Take you time and think about the questions
Research the company beforehand

Interview Advice:

Prepare scenarios and examples!

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Get to grips with the company ethos and strategic goals. Show appreciation for what we offer to customers in order to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the pack. Demonstrate your innovation and leadership with working examples.

Interview Advice:

Whilst it's fairly formal affair in regards to the situation, the team makes a super effort to be friendly and aid you to be at ease. It's as much about ensuring you're right for us as you ensuring we're right for you.
Be engaging with the assessors and build rapport; ask questions about the culture and feel of the company and really build an understanding of the organisation.
Use the assessment opportunities to demonstrate your skill set: be professional, dynamic, innovative and passionate with your presentations and ideas. Think outside the box in the group activities and demonstrate democratic leadership whilst engaging as a team player.

Above all, relax and embrace the experience. Those who are successful tend to be quietly confident, friendly individuals who visibly (and honestly) embody the brand ethics and ideologies.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Highlight key words from the application and then include them in your CV and covering letter. Always edit your CV to align with the area your applying for.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be confident and research the company.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Don't hold back, share all of your successes and be honest about your desire to learn, progress and develop.

Interview Advice:

Prepare well by reading up on the Star Profiles (particularly the Personal Star). Do some background reading about the company - what does it mean to be a 'Mutual Company'? What does the structure of the company look like? What does our agency network look like? Take a look at the NFU Mutual website and start to get an understanding of how important it is that we deliver world class customer service.

CS Ops Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Read up on how NFU Mutual use the star qualities framework and how you can show that you have these qualities - give examples. Make it obvious that you know them and that you can portray these qualities.

Interview Advice:

Finance in particular - make sure you have a look at the annual reports and be aware of certain figures.. eg. annual profit.

Understand the star qualities and make sure you have examples of how you can show this. Use the STAR method
situation
task
action
result
AND what you would do differently.

Finance Professional Trainee, Finanace at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

- Allow your personality to come across in your application.
- Research the company beforehand, many of the questions asked focus upon your understanding of the company and its ethos.
- If you can, arrange to meet with someone from the area of the business you're looking to apply for. Graduate schemes are highly competitive, so anything you can do to set yourself apart is great.
- You'll be required to take Maths and English tests, utilise the practice papers supplied, this is often where candidates trip up as they think they've got it in the bag.

Interview Advice:

- NFU Mutual use Star Qualities, read these thoroughly before attending the interview.
- Compile a few examples that you can utilise within the interview. But don't just stick to a script.
- Customer service is central to everything the company does, so always bring your responses back to how what you did helped the 'customer'.

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Apply even if you feel you do not have a chance of attaining the job. Prior experience is not crucial here as we employ people not statistics.

Interview Advice:

Be confident, think outside of the box and learn about the company prior to interview.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself through the whole process, the video interview gives you the first real opportunity to show your personality so make sure you do that.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and make sure you have some questions pre prepared to ask the interviewers.

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Proof read your application and practice psychometric testing.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and be ready with some interesting questions on current issues.

Professional Trainee – Finance, Group Finance at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Make sure you demonstrate the companies strategic objectives in your personal statement and CV by using relevant examples.

Interview Advice:

Research the company's star qualities and be prepared for questions relating to them. Be yourself and attempt to make a positive connection with the interviewers.

Professional Trainee Scheme, Sales & Agency at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Understand the business model.

Interview Advice:

Practise competency questions based on the STAR method.

IT Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Understand what being a mutual means, and what good customer service looks like.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Make sure you're fully aware of the ethos and values of the company before applying. Make yourself familiar with the personal stars and corporate strategic objectives. These play a vital role in the company culture; and NFU Mutual only wants individuals aligned with their values.

Interview Advice:

The graduate application process initially begins with a CV application.

This is followed by a video interview (pre-recorded with plenty of opportunity for re-records) and then followed by a really informative assessment centre which is as much about discovering if we're right for you as you being right for us.

The assessment centre normally consists of a group activity, a presentation, a conversation role-play scenario and plenty of time to talk to existing staff and PT's.

Take the chance to speak to the assessors around the room and understand the company culture and the value the PT scheme can offer to the business. It's a great way to begin networking, and discover more about the company and industry.

Once you've passed the centre you'll be invited to interview. If you're not quite a right fit; don't panic! NFU Mutual are great at spotting potential and talent, and may find another role that's fitting for you elsewhere.

Throughout the process, it's paramount to be yourself and embrace the opportunity. Be inquisitive, link with people on LinkedIn, research the industry and the company and most importantly make sure you feel the company is a right fit for you!

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Take your time to fill it out honestly and mould your application to the scheme.

Interview Advice:

Relax, everyone is really nice and friendly and they want you to do well. Be yourself and have a good time.

Professional Trainee, Group Finance at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be genuine, show interest, do your research, think about what you want and where you want to go.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, the company is more interested in you and your personality rather than your CV as long as you meet the minimum requirements.

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Application Advice:

Really make sure that your personality shows through your application. A good attitude and nature is as important as your qualifications I found.

RMS Sales Consultant, Risk Management Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Get it in on time, nice clean structure and layout.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, show confidence, but not overly so.

Professional Trainee, Operational Architecture at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Read the personal specification to help you write a good cover letter. Research the company and its culture.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - don't worry about qualifications as they will teach you these. Just shine through your personality.

Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be personable.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared, try to know lots about the role and the company. Furthermore make sure you know your own experiences, work and other (it helps when answering competency based questions).

Quality Development Consultant, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

It really doesn't matter about your academic background: it's about you as a person, the skills you possess and the prospect of your potential. The application process is straightforward and worth your time!

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre is definitely an opportunity to see if the company is right for you, as well as vice versa. I recommend speaking to all the employees involved in aiding the assessment centre, as you need to network as part of your time on the scheme, but speaking to those who have experienced it will really help you on deciding if the role is for you! Be confident and most importantly: yourself. Finally, show you can think outside the box, but also apply logic and common sense in the team-based activities!

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

It really doesn't matter about your academic background: it's about you as a person, the skills you possess and the prospect of your potential. The application process is straightforward and worth your time!

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre is definitely an opportunity to see if the company is right for you, as well as vice versa. I recommend speaking to all the employees involved in aiding the assessment centre, as you need the ability to network as part of your time on the scheme. Speaking to those who have experienced it really helps you decide if the role is for you! Be confident and most importantly: yourself. Finally: show you can think outside the box, but also apply logic and common sense in the team-based activities!

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Not to be clichéd, but be yourself, be positive and be ambitious.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and be engaged about the company you are applying to.

Professional Trainee, Insurance at NFU Mutual
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Interview Advice:

Most questions were competency based - examples of team work etc.
Know about the company and the job role you are applying for and why youre applying.

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Have a broad range of experience and knowledge. My degree (Geography) made me a jack of all trades - normally a disadvantage but it really helps as an underwriter. Being able to draw upon expertise in several different fields is incredibly helpful when dealing with multiple types of insurance.

Interview Advice:

Be engaging and driven. This trainee scheme is very much about giving you support in order to be the next generation of leadership within the business. If you can demonstrate leadership skills and independent thinking early on then you will be off to a great start.

Risk Selection Consultant, Risk Selection at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know what you want out of it. The application process itself is very simple.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and make sure you practice the STAR technique aligned to the company's 'personal star' attributes.

IT Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

The psychometric tests employed in the second part of the recruitment process will appear to be very similar to ones used by other companies but have a significantly higher difficulty. Ensure you are well prepared and complete them in a relaxed environment or you will get tripped up!

Interview Advice:

Your interview will be competency based. This is a great interview style to ensure fairness for all candidates but a lot of people can find this type of interview quite difficult. However, research the interview type beforehand if you've never done one before. Get asked a tricky question? Simply be prepared to stop and think out your answer in the interview itself. You're being judged on the quality of your answer, not on the speed with which you give it.

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Interview Advice:

Have plenty of examples ready of your previous experience, work or education related.

Professional trainee, Marketing and Strategy at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Research the company! We're very values driven and customer focused, make sure you can convey your understanding of that.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, assessment centres have only around four interviewees. The assessors are looking at your attitude / potential more than any innate knowledge.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be curious and take every opportunity to ask questions! Everyone is really helpful and happy to help.

Interview Advice:

Prepare by doing research on the company and the scheme you are interested in (e.g Underwriting, Marketing, IT etc.) and industry news on that topic. Look at the company's Personal STAR and prepare your interview examples accordingly.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services – Claims at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Research the company, particularly what differentiates us from competitors.

Professional Trainee, Business Analysis at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.
Don't lie, you will be found out!
Ask questions!

IT Professional Trainee, IT Graduate Scheme at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

NFU Mutual has quite distinctive values and ways of working so try to show that your personal values reflect this. The role is designed to prepare you to become "future leaders" so try to emphasize that you really want to become part of the culture/organisation for the long run.

Do some background research on NFU Mutual and its services.

Interview Advice:

Same as above but also just come across enthusiastically and generally pleasant - someone that will fit well in to any team as you will be rotating around during your scheme.

Professional Trainee, Press at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Research the company beforehand so you understand their ethos and objectives.

Interview Advice:

Questions will be asked that are based on the companies 'star qualities' that they look for in recruits. Make sure you understand these and can apply an example of demonstrating each quality when it comes to the interview.

Professional Trainee, North West Sales at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Practice your SHL tests. Do your research, if you know what your going in for then it'll really show on the day. Also be enthusiastic and show some passion for the company or the role you're going for. And to finish the cliches, be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Practice the STAR technique for answering questions, and have a few answers already formed in your mind. Don't be worried if you've not had a proper office job before, the interviewers will understand.

IT Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Interview Advice:

Review job description competencies - have strong examples of your own performance.
Ask questions, engage, be positive. This is a business that prefers positive, pro-active, engaged, happy people!

Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

To be prepared to put the hard work in but the career progression available in a short space of time will make it worthwhile. You need to be confident and have the right 'can do' attitude.

Interview Advice:

Research the company, understand what the company goals are and what they want from their staff.

Professional Trainee, Sales and Agency at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Do your research, not only on the company but also the industry.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared. Read about the job and do as much research as possible on the business function you are applying for.
Understand the context. How does the department you are applying for fit in with the overall company structure.

Professional trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Take a look at the NFU Mutual Personal and Leadership star competency sets online, it's good to be able to evidence that you have used some of these characteristics before.

Interview Advice:

Assessment centres and interviews are much more relaxed than other companies, assessment centres are in small groups (around 4) and the interviewers are friendly. Try and prepare some responses for questions based around the NFUM Competencies, but don't memorise them word for word. It's good to let your personality come through!

Professional Trainee – Customer Service, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Understand the nature of the business and go into the assesment centre and interview prepared and in positive mind. In the assesment centre ensure that you allow your voice to be heard and take a questioning and inquisative perspective to the activities you are given.

Ensure that you prepare for competency based questions.

Interview Advice:

It's a competency based interview, read the job specification again and ensure that you can outline examples for these competencies.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself and make sure you know why you want the job.

Interview Advice:

Do plenty of research - the company has a rich and interesting history.

Graduate, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

- Don't lie!
- Make sure you show your personal side as much as your education and career side

Interview Advice:

- Be yourself and be comfortable - who you are as a person holds more value.
- Show enthusiasm
- Look at interview hints and tips on student career websites - they are more useful than you think!

IT Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

They aren't just looking for IT Grads, any degree can apply.
It isn't a techy IT Scheme, very much business focussed.
Be yourself.
Be confident.
Research the company before coming for assesment centre.
Show your passion for technology.

IT Professional Trainee, Various at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Become familiar with the business model, and the ethos of the company, before you decide if it is where you want to be.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, at the end of the day you will not be able to play a character for the rest of your career, so why start like that.
Research is vital, and so is taking the time to familiarise yourself with the interview format and the brief.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Don't worry about having specific experience or qualifications. They are more concerned with your attitudes and aptitudes.

Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and do not oversell your abilities. We are looking for the right people and the skills can be picked up as you go along.

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Apply! This is an amazing scheme with so many incredible opportunities. However, if earning big bucks is the thing which motivates you most, then this probably isn't the right company for you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. NFU Mutual graduate scheme process is one of the best I've experienced and they truly want you to do your best. So relax and (try to) enjoy the process.

Corporate Professional Trainee, Corporate Scheme at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Understand the company and its values

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

It is a great scheme to get yourself on, especially if you are the kind of person that is motivated to make a difference. The organisation is needing and appreciates "new blood" due to some of its struggles to evolve quickly. This means it is easy to find things where you can make a difference but it isn't easy to actually make your impact so you will have to work hard.

Interview Advice:

The recruitment process is robust but not too intimidating. Culture is very important in this organisation and although it is looking for motivated indiviuals who can change some of the ways of working it needs people who understand the company's values and principles of doing right by the customer and always acting ethically. We take our three strategic objectives seriously "Great company to do business with", "Sustainable profitable growth" and "Great place to work"

Graduate Trainee, Strategy, HR, Marketing, Project Management at NFU Mutual
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and ask questions - make sure you are the type of person who is willing to go on the look out and actively seek challenging pieces of work.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have thought about the culture of the NFU Mutual, its background and what makes it unique and how your set of skills and experiences can help you develop within the company.

Professional Trainee, Rotational at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Great ethos - as a mutual they sincerely care about their employees and whilst we all want to do well, there is not the same pressure to line the pockets of remote shareholders.

Worst:

The size and nature of the business means that it can be quite slow moving. They like to do things properly so nothing happens fast. Once you've adjusted to this you get used to it though.

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The company cares about their customers and employees and does what's best for them. Good employee engagement is highly emphasised throughout the company.

Worst:

Salaries are below the national average and the Head office location is inconvenient.

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual
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Best:

-Supportive
-Always looking to help you develop
-It's a moral company
-Everyone you meet is willing to help you
-They try their best to let you do what you are good at/enjoy

Worst:

- Not the highest paid company

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Professional Trainee Scheme at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The people
The location
The benefits
Career progression opportunities

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The supporting culture/environment.

Worst:

Location.

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual
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Best:

- Culture
- Working environment
- People I work with
- Training/ Courses available
- Emphasis on development (both personal and professional)

Worst:

- Induction plans when moving from L&OD to the department

CS Ops Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Best:

friendly people
large company - will always meet new people
lovely area
mutual - so they are very caring to their customers
great work culture
flexible working hours

Worst:

Nothing worth mentioning. Quite a big company. I am not used to not knowing everyone that works in the same building!!

Finance Professional Trainee, Finanace at NFU Mutual
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Best:

- Friendly and approachable staff at all levels
- Endless opportunities for development
- The scheme is really highly regarded within the company and senior stakeholders seek out members of the scheme

Worst:

- Can sometimes be slow to instigate change

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The people I work with and the company philosophy.

Worst:

Understanding the mutual way of doing things.

NFU Mutual
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Best:

There are really good monetary and non monetary benefits.
Great bonus scheme.
Has a really good reputation, consistently winning awards.
Flexible working hours.
Opportunity to gain further qualifications.

Worst:

The majority of the high level opportunities are based within the Head Office, if you're based within region then it is difficult to get these roles.

Customer Service Professional Trainee, Customer Service at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Commitment to providing an outstanding service to members

Commitment to developing employees

Worst:

N/A

Professional Trainee – Finance, Group Finance at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Career development, work life balance, incentives, pay and working with different people.

Worst:

Amount of training courses, company systems.

Professional Trainee Scheme, Sales & Agency at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The company ethic 'to be a great place to work'

Worst:

The outdated technology.

IT Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Genuine passion for our customers.

Worst:

Technology is outdated.

HR Professional Trainee, HR at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The company genuinely cares for their customer and looks after them through their service. The support given for study and development is good. They appreciate a good work/life balance and social events are organised to engage the organisation which is always enjoyable.

Worst:

The learning and development team do not assist in development, which can be confusing as communication is unclear as to who organises training courses.

Professional Trainee, Group Finance at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Working culture, flexibility, exposure within IT to senior management,

Worst:

We could work smarter

NFU Mutual
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Best:

Support and willingness of everyone throughout the company to help out. The investment they put into their employees, they really do concentrate on giving you the best possible chance at succeeding in your role while enjoying working for the company.

RMS Sales Consultant, Risk Management Services at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Stability.

Worst:

Stability sometimes causes things to go slow.

Professional Trainee, Operational Architecture at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Good culture and atmosphere. Everyone wants each other to do well.

Worst:

Some of the systems are behind the times but a lot is in the pipeline to improve this.

Professional Trainee, at NFU Mutual
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Best:

It's great to work for a company with such a good brand, that treat their customers well and that I can be proud to say I work for.

Quality Development Consultant, at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Transparent, friendly and keen to retain talent. There's always something exciting happening. Happy to develop and invest in people. People truly are the core of the business in every sense.

Worst:

The regions can sometimes feel a little detached from head office to the untrained eye.

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Transparent, friendly and keen to retain talent. There's always something exciting happening. Happy to develop and invest in people. People truly are the core of the business in every sense.

Worst:

The regions can sometimes feel a little detached from head office to the untrained eye.

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Extremely stable company.

Worst:

Lack of international exposure.

Professional Trainee, Insurance at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Flexible hours to work, challenging work with responsibility, Trainee scheme

Worst:

Outdated IT Systems, location

Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual
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Best:

Friendly atmosphere and great support for training and career progression.

Worst:

Expensive area to live.

Risk Selection Consultant, Risk Selection at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Poor salaries, with a large disparity between what the CEO is being paid and what us foot soldiers are, truly creating a gap between higher management and everyone else, despite arguing we have a flat structure.

IT Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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Best:

The company is the most ethical I have ever encountered, it cares about its customers and staff in a way so few do. I am proud to come to work every single day because of it.

Worst:

The company can be a little bit change adverse. Whilst this is great in terms of opportunities to make your own mark and bring in fresh ideas. It can also be frustrating in that it can be harder to convince people to try new things.

Professional Trainee, IT at NFU Mutual
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