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Redrow Homes

Graduate Role, Land at Redrow Homes

Application Advice: Do your research and be passionate.

Interview Advice: I was asked about the industry but generally asked questions about me as a person to see if I was the right fit for the company.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Croudace Homes

Architect Assistant, Design Department at Croudace Homes

Application Advice: Read up exactly what you are going to be doing in the job and be honest on your CV. You don't want to get to a job and not actually know what you are doing when they expect it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, Croudace were lovely during my interview so all nerves went and I enjoyed myself.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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IPG Mediabrands

Digital Account Executive, UM London at IPG Mediabrands

Application Advice: Look up previous client work and understand how IPG is run, i.e. UM London is a separate company to Reprise.

Interview Advice: Understand why you want to work for the company and understand the role you would be undertaking.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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M&C Saatchi Group

Strategist, Planning at M&C Saatchi Group

Application Advice: Show your analytical abilities.

Interview Advice: Give an example of a problem you've solved.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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AMV BBDO

Junior Strategist, Strategy at AMV BBDO

Application Advice: Don't regurgitate case studies. Agencies work best when they have a diverse range of people with unique, interesting perspectives that bring new ideas to the table. Stand by your take on things and don't be scared to defend it.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Mindshare

Account Executive, at Mindshare

Application Advice: Research.

Interview Advice: Why media, what could I bring?

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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M&C Saatchi Group

Graduate Strategist, Direct Marketing at M&C Saatchi Group

Application Advice: No matter the question in the application process (from your views on advertising to what you'd put in room 101), I believe that it's crucial to demonstrate an ability to convey a message in an incredibly clear and concise manner. Cut-through is a major part of an agency's creative effectiveness and is probably a skill that is sought out as early as the application process.

Interview Advice: Do the homework and stick to the rules! At my interview, some candidates didn't have the presentation we were asked to prepare to hand, and some did not stick to the time limit. Being prepared and sticking to the challenge's rules help you build your confidence during the process. I also would not be too worried about speaking the most in group exercises. Waiting to speak last can often give you more time to reflect and come up with much more insightful comments.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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M&C Saatchi Group

Graduate Data Strategist, Data Strategy at M&C Saatchi Group

Application Advice: Any experience you have can be relevant, even without the desired degree, as long as you show enthusiasm for the role and excitement to learn.

Interview Advice: People want to work with people who are passionate about what they do, are good at what they do, and are fun to be around.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Barratt Developments

Estimator, Commercial at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: - Do your research! - Sell yourself (but don't lie). - Provide interesting extra curricular experiences (societies - past jobs - volunteering).

Interview Advice: Ask questions about the role that will make the interviewer think, such as; What are the most common problems facing a development/project?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Berkeley Group

Graduate Development Manager, Land at Berkeley Group

Application Advice: Look into the Berkeley culture as it is very unique and doesn't fit all.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

Assistant Planner, Planning at CBRE

Application Advice: Be passionate about the job role you are going for and do your research on the team and the company as a whole.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

Assistant Planner, Planning at CBRE

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic about the role and fully understand why you want to work in planning and why particularly at CBRE. CBRE is very team focussed so think of some good examples of when you were part of a team and were successful.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Taylor Wimpey

Graduate Management Trainee, Leicester at Taylor Wimpey

Application Advice: Be yourself. Be confident and be honest.

Interview Advice: Who have your worked for? What experience do you have? Where do you see yourself in TW?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

Assistant Planner, Planning at CBRE

Application Advice: Learn about CBRE and appear passionate. Make sure you read up about examples of projects that CBRE have worked on.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Show that you have a understanding and interest in the industry.

Interview Advice: Go well informed on both the company and the wider economic / political / social context.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

, at CBRE

Application Advice: Secure work experience in both the private and public sector.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate creativity and initiative.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bidwells

Planner, Planning/Milton Keynes at Bidwells

Application Advice: Go through the job description and think of examples in which you have fulfilled various roles. Highlight these at the interview also.

Interview Advice: Don't be nervous! When I met my to-be line manager and head of HR who were leading the interview I was immediately put at ease and discovered how friendly and approachable they were. It is also a good idea to take along any work you have done on any projects on previous placements or university modules.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Scotland at Savills (UK) Limited

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show your personality.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Planning/South East at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Everyone loves experience and working knowledge over qualifications. Do what you can to get some.

Interview Advice: Be confident without being cocky. Have belief in your ability but be self-aware enough that you still have a lot to learn.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Galliford Try

Planning Graduate, Linden Homes at Galliford Try

Application Advice: Research Galliford Try and Linden Homes thoroughly. Show passion for the industry.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

Assitant Planner, Planning at CBRE

Application Advice: Be confident - applying for such a big and successful company can be intimidating but everyone is incredibly friendly.

Interview Advice: Again be confident - being hired by CBRE is just as much about your personality and how you can handle yourself, as it is having a good degree qualification.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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CBRE

Assistant Planner, Edinburgh at CBRE

Application Advice: Important to show your personality as you will have to fit well into the team, show that you are committed to learning and tackling a range of tasks.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are up to date on any legislation changes.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Carter Jonas

Graduate Planner, Planning & Development at Carter Jonas

Application Advice: In the application don't just highlight your knowledge, show what interests you have and that you have a personality that will fit in well with colleagues and the company ethos.

Interview Advice: As part of my interview I was asked to prepare a presentation, this showed my presenting skills and tested my current planning related knowledge. So try to be up to date on any changes to national policy or regional specific policy.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Gerald Eve LLP

Assistant Planning Consultant, at Gerald Eve LLP

Application Advice: Meet with someone at the company before making your application to make sure you're a good fit and that your name is out there.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Think about what your career ambitions are and be clear on them. Know the current market. Share your interests outside of work.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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IPG Mediabrands

Senior Account Executive, Initiative at IPG Mediabrands

Application Advice: A good cultural fit is as important as academic qualifications.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: It is beneficial to do the Summer scheme first.

Interview Advice: Show enthusiasm. There are lots of "provide an example of a time where you demonstrated a certain skill" type questions.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Urban Designer, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Have a good knowledge of the British planning system and able to demonstrate experience in traditional housing layouts.

Interview Advice: Bring a print out of your presentation to give out and a printed portfolio. Have clear ideas and don't show hand drawings if you have them.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Town Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: As many people are aware property is a male oriented profession. I feel that although my company manage to break this stereotype within the office (we have as many women as men in our team), outside the office there is a 'ladd-ish' feel to things. That is not to say that women are not invited, but be prepared to stand your ground either in your conversation or in your choices not to go to an event.

Interview Advice: The main assessment day is generally about how you work in a group - do you present your own ideas whilst still listening to others. It does not matter if you are the one to take the lead in the group or if you are not, but put your views across, make note of other peoples. State clearly why you think these are good/bad views and where possible back up with evidence. There is a big focus on your personality too - smile, be personable, chat to everyone you meet.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Taunton at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Commercially minded individuals will look more attractive to the company.

Interview Advice: Can't comment - My firm was acquired by Savills - I never underwent a Savills interview.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Planning Graduate, Retail Planning/ Manchester at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Sell yourself. Communicate well and be confident. Be thorough in your work and use the resources you are given. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get involved.

Interview Advice: Important to make a good impression in terms of your personality, it is important that you come across as a person that other people would like to work with.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Carter Jonas

Graduate Planner, Planning, East Anglia at Carter Jonas

Application Advice: Showing relevant experience is important, and having a practical knowledge of the planning system is a necessity.

Interview Advice: I was given a real life example of an Inspector's letter finding a Local Plan unsound and asked to give a presentation on what the implications for this would be for a client. The interview depended on an understanding of the planning process, particularly from the point of view of the private sector. The rest of the interview covered past experience and so on.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Assistant Planner, Town Planning at

Application Advice: Confidence and willingness to get involved in roles beyond your day job.

Interview Advice: Demonstration of commercial awareness is beneficial.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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M&C Saatchi Group

Strategist, London Agency at M&C Saatchi Group

Application Advice: Curiosity is essential.

Interview Advice: How have you considered/thought about/answered the problem in a different way to how your competitors are? Good strategy has the ability to change the game in an industry: consider Dove Real Women, or This Girl Can. That just took someone to go "Well this is how everyone else is doing it, so we can either be like them, or be something else".

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Lendlease

Assistant Development Manager, Development at Lendlease

Application Advice: Research the company's website and focus on values, sustainability and current regeneration projects.

Interview Advice: It is key to remember that Lendlease takes Health & Safety very seriously. It is committed to operating incident and injury free wherever it has presence. That is why the business even pulled away from countries like Russia, where the regulations were not in line with our standards and minimum requirements.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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JLL

, at JLL

Application Advice: - Make your experience clear - Ensure that the application is accurate and precise

Interview Advice: - Be yourself - Research the company

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Barratt Developments

Land Graduate, Land Department at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Give examples of experiences you have had which gave you the opportunity to display leadership, intuition, team work and creativeness. This can be from any experiences you have had and not necessarily industry specific.

Interview Advice: Interview Advice: Be honest and be yourself, try not to act in a way you think the company is wanting to see. The entire interview process is designed to find out what you are really like and you will get caught out. They also want to see if you will be a good fit for the company and it is an opportunity for you to see if you like them.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Strutt & Parker

Assistant Planner, Planning at Strutt & Parker

Application Advice: Good insight into the regional world of property away from London. Perfect for training and gaining experience.

Interview Advice: Relax and be yourself.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Strutt & Parker

Graduate Planning Consultant, Planning Consultant at Strutt & Parker

Application Advice: Experience - try and get experience - or if not make the most of what you have done on previous courses etc.

Interview Advice: Make the most of all the experience you have gained from various projects, work placements. How previous experience can help in the job you are applying for e.g. customer service etc. State what you believe you can bring to the team you may be potentially working for.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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AMV BBDO

Junior Strategist, Strategy at AMV BBDO

Application Advice: This is not an application for PWC or a bank.. be yourself and write how you talk. It's great to have achievements but let them speak for themselves and use the process for the company to see who you really are.

Interview Advice: The obvious things are - Know a lot about the company and why you want to work here specifically. - Have answers for all advert related questions (e.g. what's the best one you've seen recently? what's your favourite one that we've done? what's your worst one? what's the best digital ad you've noticed? and WHY for all of them!) - Why you are right for the job? It's less competency based than other jobs and more about making you think on your feet. So be prepared to answer questions that you haven't actually prepared for and maybe analyse an ad that they give to you.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Barratt Developments

Techincal Graduate, Technical at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Understand the company position in the industry and external factors which influence our production.

Interview Advice: What do you know about Barratt Homes?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Savills are keen to recruit 'commercially aware' graduates so demonstrate an awareness of the property industry at large and the effects this has on your role.

Interview Advice: Property is a social industry so show yourself to be personable and gregarious.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Leo Burnett

Planner, at Leo Burnett

Application Advice: Unless adverts fascinate and delight you, this isn't the role for you. Planning requires a genuine understanding of what an advert or piece of communication is trying to do, beyond a superficial 'like it/don't like it'. The good news is that all you really need to do when applying is be able to demonstrate that understanding, and be sure to show your enthusiasm and passion too!

Interview Advice: Read a lot. There's loads out there - blogs, books, industry magazines etc. It's good to come across as knowledgeable. Be careful though, try and talk about your own opinions of particular adverts too. There's loads of insightful analysis of what ads do and don't work out there, but it'll be obvious if you're just parroting someone else's view.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Gerald Eve LLP

Graduate, at Gerald Eve LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Again, be yourself.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Mindshare

Media Planner Account Exec, Media Planning at Mindshare

Application Advice: Don't think you'll be 'making adverts' or will be a creative with no prior experience...

Interview Advice: Get a grounding in a specific media channel.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Kier

Graduate Project Planner, Ealing at Kier

Application Advice: Make sure you do your research on what it is your actually applying for. Understand the expectation of what the role entails. Additional exposure to the industry is a benefit. However company's will still consider you if you don't as training will/should be set out for you.

Interview Advice: Be as professional as you can (No Brainier) but also be yourself. Personality will help you and your employer understand if you'll work well together (or not).

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Laing O'Rourke

Assistant Planner, Construction North at Laing O’Rourke

Application Advice: Candidates must be very aware of the the business as a whole, with a drive and commitment to work for one of the leaders in the Construction Industry. Gain experience at a site level before application to enhance basic experience in Construction as this gives a very good base to develop further learning.

Interview Advice: Be confident, prepared and show integrity with a will to learn and develop within the Construction Industry.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Laing O'Rourke

Assistant Planner, Project Delivery at Laing O’Rourke

Application Advice: Research the wider industry as well as Laing O'Rourke, understand the history of the business and the individual companies that are included within the group

Interview Advice: Understand how the company differs from others within the industry as outlined in the Vision and UBO

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Town Planner, London at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Be social, open and friendly. Show that you are career driven and have an understanding of current planning framework (nationally, regionally and locally).

Interview Advice: Understand the key features of different boroughs within Greater London, be up to date with recent new headlines, have conversational topics at hand to talk about before and after the interview and be level headed. Present yourself well.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Central London at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Emphasise your extra curricular activities. Savills is full of outgoing, sociable and self-motivated graduates. While academic ability is a prerequisite, what you spend your time doing outside of your studies will set you apart and reflect your personality.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Transport for London

Transport Planner, TfL Planning at Transport for London

Application Advice: Be passionate about London and the role of TfL within it. Don't be afraid of being "geeky" - TfL is an organisation where being interested and passionate about cities, transport and how they work and interact is valued.

Interview Advice: * London is going to grow by 2 million people by 2030, and as transport planners it's our job to deal with this. Think about the challenges this will bring to the city - not just in transport - and how we might deal with them! * Do some research into projects that TfL are currently working on - looking at recent consultations is a great place to start. It's also a great place to see the sort of projects we work on. (https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/advanced_consultation_finder?st=closed)

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bidwells

Planning Consultant, Planning Division at Bidwells

Application Advice: Include examples of work you have been involved with previously that are relevant to the role you are applying for. Be enthusiastic and take an interest in the role.

Interview Advice: Read about the company, there social and charity initiatives, who the head partners of the division are that you apply for, projects they are involved with etc. All of the information is available on the website.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Kier

Graduate Environmental Advisor, Environment at Kier

Application Advice: Put down any experience you've done and say what skills you acquired - it doesn't matter how simple it is, you would have still learnt something from it. Keep your CV simple and to the point - more factual based is the way to go so it is easily read. A good covering letter is crucial to get noticed.

Interview Advice: ALWAYS prepare! Read up about the company and have answers for common questions asked in interviews e.g. "why do you want to work for..." Always ask questions at the end - have some already prepared and written down. Always bring a notebook in with you to write notes - it shows you're serious and are interested plus it's always fine to bring your preparation notes in with you - it's not a test!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Galliford Try

Graduate Planner, Linden Homes Midlands at Galliford Try

Application Advice: Show genuine passion for your area. Know your facts about all areas of the Galliford Try group and not just the one you are aplying for- gain an understanding of how they work together.

Interview Advice: Show genuine passion for your area. Enjoy the experience and ask plenty of questions and understand what opportunities, career paths will be available to you along the way- show determination.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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AECOM Ltd

Planner, Planning at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Make sure you have gone above and beyond the norm. There are so many applicants that you have to make sure you stand out. You have to show that you really want the role within AECOM, if you don't someone else will.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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AECOM Ltd

Graduate Transport Planner, Development Planning at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Be prepared to be thrown in at the deep end, in the best possible way. Be patient and enthusiastic. Prepare to work late where necessary and try decaf tea or you'll become addicted to caffeine!

Interview Advice: Know your job role, have questions prepared and relax. Definitely pay attention and don't jump ahead in conversation. Be thorough.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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AECOM Ltd

Graduate Consultant, Development Planning at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Thorough research into the company work you will be undertaking if you're successful. Make sure you apply for 'the' job not 'a' job. If you have no work experience try and relate some of your projects at university to some of the tasks you might be undertaking in the role.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, don't try and come across as if you know everything as the interviewer is likely to have many years experience and will see right through you. Relate any questions they ask to university projects or work experience you have undertaken. In terms of questions: When have you shown leadership? Example of when you worked well as part of a team? What do you know about AECOM? How do you work when you're faced with a deadline?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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AECOM Ltd

Consultant, Transport Planning at AECOM Ltd

Application Advice: Be articulate, have situations revised in your head and really emphasise how they relate to the given role. Don't be scared to address weaknesses in your CV, recognising where there is room for improvement shows your awareness.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for a technical exercise. Ask relevant questions.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Wimborne at Savills (UK) Limited

Interview Advice: Get some local knowledge (I was asked questions about planning issues in my local area)

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, London Residential, Town Centre and Offices at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Get someone from a careers service to look over the written application before submitting Try as much as possible to show who you really are as a person, not just grades on a piece of paper

Interview Advice: Have an opinion and don't be scared to answer a question that may be controversial with your own opinion as long as you justify/explain it and our reasoning Be yourself at assessment centres. Speak up and be confident but don't be too cocky. No 'Apprentice' style bitchiness in group tasks. Work with others. Talk to other graduates as well as exisiting employees/assessors at networking events/tasks

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Sevenoaks at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: You need lots of work experience, a good CV showing how you can transfer the skills you have. You also need to have an accredited degree.

Interview Advice: Both planning and personal questions were asked. You need to think of interesting answers to questions but also be honest. Most of the interview was to ascertain whether you would fit into the team as much as your actual skills.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Interview Advice: Lots of behavioural Q i.e give me an example of a time you used this skill

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Retail Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: The regional offices are just as exciting as London - you still have the opportunity to do rotations and get involved in the same level of projects

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Town Planner, Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: The application process for the graduate scheme is extensive, including an online application, a one day assessment centre and a final interview. I would advise candidates to research the job role they are applying for and understand what would be expected of them in the role. Candidates should draw on their skills from a range of experiences including, university, part time jobs, extra curricular activities etc, to show that they are a well rounded candidate.

Interview Advice: During the assessment day and interview process, it is important to be honest about your background and understanding of the sector you wish to be involved in. If a candidate does not know an answer to a question, it is better to be honest and admit this rather than bluff an answer.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Town Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: I would say be yourself, as cheesy as that sounds! This job is as much about your personality as it is about your knowledge. If they hire you but you've been acting fake all through the interview process, you're going to struggle when it comes to day to day working. They take your personality on board, and I was chosen by my office because I was not loud and brash like some of the other candidates.

Interview Advice: Lots of the questions at the interview asked for experiences of where I had been in team situations, and how I would deal with various situations in a working environment (i.e. dealing with a difficult client, or not getting on with a colleague). At the assessment day there were group tasks in which it's very important to show a balance of getting your point across and listening to other people. Remember to stick to the time limits given!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

PLanner, Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: be yourself and well prepared.

Interview Advice: Need of a strrong portfolio, local knowledge and feel for what's about to happen in the future.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Town Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Obtain recommendations from directors by meeting as many people in the company as possible - be proactive

Interview Advice: Show you can hold your ground in a room but Savills dislikes arrogance.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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JLL

Graduate Planner, Planning at JLL

Application Advice: Really great company to work for

Interview Advice: Just be yourself

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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JLL

Graduate Planning Consultant, Planning at JLL

Application Advice: Gain practice experience

Interview Advice: Keep up to date with planning legislation/news

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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WSP

Graduate Transport Planner, Development Planning at WSP

Application Advice: Show thoroughness of research and a high standard of presentation for reports.

Interview Advice: Gain an understanding of the construction industry and major developers, and there views on economic outlook for how the sector will be looking in the years to come. Enough to be able to discuss it.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning Development and Regeneration at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: n/a

Interview Advice: n/a

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning, Development and Regeneration at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Some work experience in the private sector would be useful, as the work is different to the things you study at Uni; it is much more practical.

Interview Advice: I went though the standard graduate recruitement process. So be prepared for online maths and literacy tests, phone interviews, and assessment days, before a face-to-face interview. In my interview I had to respond to general competency-based questions, and prepare a presentation based on material I was sent a couple of days before (more specific to the job role).

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, London at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Be honest and thorough. It is just as much about your qualifications and knowledge as it is about who you are personally. Spend a good amount of time ensuring that what you write in an application is really what you think, because it will probably catch up with you at an interview if you have been dishonest or over the top.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show a real interest to learn and work hard. Try and understand the company you are applying to as well as possible, and keep up to date with major changes in the industry. Have some original opinons, and be ready to talk about things other than work!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning, Hotels & Leisure at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Well prepared in interview Foucs CV towards professional experience

Interview Advice: Confidence My interview focussed on personality and academic achievements. Also on planning experience gained outwith the classroom (Planning Aid, RTPI voluntary work).

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Planner, Planning at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Have good commercial knowledge of the wider property industry. Be interested in the clients and sites we are involved with.

Interview Advice: I was asked what my favourite building in London is and why.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Barratt Developments

Graduate, at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Learn as much as you can about Barratt - the history of the company, key players in the company, the vision and some key statistics. Look for any relevant press releases Visit some Barratt developments - have a look around the site and at the showhomes Give a strong explanation of why you are attracted to a career in housebuilding

Interview Advice: To answer questions as effectively as possible learn as much as you can about Barratt and think of some insightful, thought provoking questions to ask your interviewer. Think of some real examples you can use to justify answers to your questions. But most importantly be yourself

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Dentsu Aegis Network

Communications Planning Assistant, Carat at Dentsu Aegis Network

Application Advice: Be smart, and be proactive. You will get given things, but the most interesting things you can get are things you need to set up yourself. If you're smart, don't just sit there 'being smart', use your intelligence to the advantage of yourself and your team. Don't be daunted by big business questions. Nobody expects you to have the answers, but remember that in this industry your input is as valuable of those many ranks your senior because you live in this world and are exposed to media and advertising as much as anyone, and there will be at least one audience you understand better than anyone else.

Interview Advice: Be honest. The people interviewing you are in the business of understanding how people behave, what they think and feel, and why they do those things; they will see through you. Trying to 'game' them into giving you a job may or may not work, but it certainly won't be satisfying when you're working late nights on big projects, and there's nowhere to hide who you are. Being 'nice' doesn't equate to being boring or forgettable. Don't forget that there's nothing like giving time to someone else's thoughts and feelings for them to have a good impression of you.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Barratt Developments

Graduate, at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: The recruitment process is very transparent; you will receive concise information explaining what you are being assessed on. Graduates are recruited from many different degree disciplines so it is your behaviour, attitude and potential that is being assessed not your technical competency. The areas you are being assessed on will be made clear to you through each stage of the recruitment process.

Interview Advice: Do your research about the industry and keep up to date on relevant news articles and current affairs which may effect our business. You should be genuinely interested in housing and therefore research should come naturally. Quoting from the Barratt website will not score you any points! As it is your behaviours that are being assessed, you should be prepared to discuss times when you have displayed these in the past.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Planner, at Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Application Advice: Ensure that you not only have academic qualifications but also work experience and a knowledge of how 'real world planning' operates.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Planner, at Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Application Advice: Ensure that you have a well written CV that has been checked by a Careers Adviser. Ensure that you have adequate work experience on the CV.

Interview Advice: Ensure that you have researched NLP thoroughly i.e. company history, key people, key projects and what services NLP can provide. This will show that you are well prepared. It is also useful to make lateral connections between skills gained during work experience with the tasks that you will be required to undertake as part of the new role.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Planner, Residential/ Mixed Use Planning at Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Interview Advice: Know your CV and covering letter so you are able to talk about your application confidently. Be able to discuss the work experience you have gained. Be up to date on current planning news and recent company success (available on NLP's website).

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Town Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Go for it, it may seem like a long graduate recruitment process but it was worth every minute

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Costain

Graduate Construction Manager, Rail at Costain

Application Advice: Work hard and give as much as you can

Interview Advice: Be yourself, positive and enthusiastic and ask questions.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Brightsource

Client Service – Content & Planning, Instinctiv at Brightsource

Application Advice: We have dedicated Brightgrad Twitter and Facebook feeds, which is managed by former graduate trainees. If you have a question or need advice - ask!

Interview Advice: You need to show your personality and what you'll bring to the company culture.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Mindshare

Account Executive, Media Planning at Mindshare

Application Advice: Keep up to date with industry news.

Interview Advice: Prepare and be yourself, your personality has to fit.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Wimborne Planning Team at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role and sector. You don't necessarily need a lot of previous work experience, but if you show you can adapt yourself to the job then it will help. You can build on skills developed elsewhere and show how they can be transferred and assist you in the role you are applying for. Try and get on the Savills Summer Scheme or Insight Scheme. I applied to the Savills Summer Scheme (a 1 month paid internship) with only 2 weeks of work experience in the sector from 2 years previously. I got onto the Summer Scheme and completed it. A month or two after I was invited to interview for a graduate planner job and was successful. The Summer Scheme gave me the chance to know that I really wanted to work for Savills and that the company and ethos fitted my personality. It also gave Savills the chance to see if I was right for them. Either way, the Summer Scheme or Insight Scheme will give you a great deal of experience of working in a large professional planning consultancy and benefit your CV.

Interview Advice: Remember that Savills planning is consultancy based and is very client focused. So demonstrate you are client focused as well as commercially minded. Along with a good enthusiasm for planning and property.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Demonstrate that you are a people person.

Interview Advice: Engage with people about the projects they are working on.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Taylor Wimpey

, at Taylor Wimpey

Application Advice: Be confident and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Interview Advice: Information about the company, competitors, market.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Mott MacDonald

Graduate Transport Planner/Modeller, Transport Planning at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Technical competency is important, but a keenness and ability to interpret data and derive the implications of, say, behavioural change for transport policy, is a highly valued skill. Although it sounds like a platitude, being able demonstrate a knowledge of the subject matter in the job description can give a real advantage over the competition, especially if the candidate can talk intelligently on current industry issues (ie approaches to economic appraisal, or the limitations of different survy methods).

Interview Advice: Overcoming challanges (whether succeeding or failing); Problem solving; synthesising information to make informed recommendations to decision makers.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Mott MacDonald

Transport Planner, Integrated Transport at Mott MacDonald

Application Advice: Be honest and sell yourself.

Interview Advice: Be confident and relaxed, Mott MacDonald were very welcoming and prepared me for the interview. So they do want you to get the job!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Carter Jonas

Graduate Planner, Planning & Development at Carter Jonas

Application Advice: Demonstrate up-to-date property/planning knowledge. Show enthusiasm and commitment. Appropriately qualified.

Interview Advice: Knowledge of local projects/property market. Recent planning/property legislation and news.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Regeneration and Spatial Planning at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Be honest about your skills and experience, even if you do not have a huge amount of previous experience demonstrating an interest in the discipline and willingness to learn new skills and apply existing ones is a positive.

Interview Advice: Be confident to talk about your academic route to planning, the focus of your interest in the discipline and how this is complemented and supported by your skills and experience. Ensure you communicate in a clear and logical way throughout the interview and provide examples of the skills you identify i.e. using experience from university courses and work experience. Engage with interviewers in a confident, friendly and informed manner - they will be looking for you to demonstrate good communication and personability as well as academic suitability. Prepare at least one question to ask your interviewers, as they are likely to as if you have any questions at the end and it looks much better if you have one i.e. in relation to the support you receive through the APC process, the level of interdisciplinary working etc.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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URS

Graduate Transport Planner, Transport Planning at URS

Application Advice: N/A

Interview Advice: N/A

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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IPG Mediabrands

Media Planning Executive, Media Planning at IPG Mediabrands

Application Advice: Be creative and be yourself (I honestly mean that, people get hired by being a little different).

Interview Advice: Ask lots of questions and keep on top of trends.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate, Planning at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Always use examples from your experience to evidence what you say in the application form! Take your time! Check your spelling and grammar / ask friends/familly to proof read it! Try to do plenty of practice for the online tests.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the assessment centre - know about the company - look at the case studies on the GVA website for the discipline you are interviewing for. SWOT up on current property and planning news! Think about transferable skills from your past work experience and other work experience and how you could apply them to the office environment and planning e.g. past examples of when you overcame a challenging situation and what you learnt from the experience? Be confident!

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Transport for London

Graduate Transport Planner, at Transport for London

Application Advice: Know the projects TfL is working on. TfL values people who make things happen, so speak about a time you have led a project or come up with a new idea in the assessment day interview. TfL values team players, so if you speak all over everyone in the group exercise this will NOT look good.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Town Planning at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Get as much work experience during and post university as possible.

Interview Advice: Be yourself in the interview.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Be cheerful, professional, and focused in any interview. Show your knowledge but don't be pushy.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Planning / Bristol at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Make sure you have relevant work experience and you want to work in the planning sector.

Interview Advice: Pick one or two subjects that are topical and know some case studies that the company is currently working on.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Planner, Leeds at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Really read into the company and the job role you are applying for, demonstrate how your experience/skills match/exceed the requirements, be enthusiastic and confident (but not arrogant)...ultimately you need to reassure them that you are worth investing in as a graduate.

Interview Advice: A lot about the current market - changes in policy/guidance, interesting articles, be confident, enthusiastic, ask questions.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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DAS

Senior Research Executive, Strategy at DAS

Application Advice: Put a lot of time into your application. Think of an interesting brand, nothing too generic.

Interview Advice: Be confident but not arrogant. Put yourself forward but don't be too pushy. Make an effort but don't be 'try hard'. Be chatty but don't rule the conversation.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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DAS

Strategist, Digital Marketing at DAS

Application Advice: You don't need to be the fully formed thing, you just need to be 'passionately curious' as Einstein once said. A willingness to learn, self awareness, enthusiasm and the fearless drive to 'get stuck in' will all lend themselves to success.

Interview Advice: The interviews are held on group days. This is a creative industry you're trying to break into: don't present yourself like an estate agent. Stand out, have personality, have a memorable 'quirky' thing (but make sure this isn't contrived!). You need to show that you're creative and a great communicator: that's what the job is all about. It's ok not to know all the answers or to have identified your faults - self awareness is a good quality - but of course don't dwell on them.

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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Mace Limited

Risk Manager, Risk Management at Mace Limited

Application Advice: Think of an innovative method to improve your area of expertise.

Interview Advice: Where do you see yourself in 5 years at a company like Mace? What about in 10 years?

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Miller Construction (UK) Ltd

Graduate Planner, at Miller Construction (UK) Ltd

Application Advice: Research the industry thoroughly: what is current practice on site. Think about any practical experience you can talk about in your application & interview. Make sure the application highlights your passion for the industry and long term career goals.

Interview Advice: I was asked to give a 5 minute presentation and then answered questions about how I dealt with different situations. Make sure you are confident giving the presentation and you have practised a number of time. For the situational questions, try and give varied answers e.g an example from work, an example from your hobbies.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning, Development and Regeneration at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Ensure you do your research on the company; Ensure your application is well executed and thought out; Work experience is not the be-all-and-end-all but ensure you can explain why you want to work in planning and your given location;

Interview Advice: CV and academic history were discussed thoroughly; Asked why I wanted to work in my preferred location; Asked why I specifically wanted to work for GVA; Asked what I felt the key issues facing planning were;

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Gain as much on the job experience as you can. Join RTPI and other planning groups in your town to get yourself known. I found that through doing that those interviewing me I had met at events before.

Interview Advice: When going for an interview, draw on your experiences from University such as working in a team and leadership. Showing you have experience in this type of thing is crucial for the interview. Think carefully before you answer and relax- interviewers are usually more nervous than you. Also, prepare as much as possible by researching the company and what they do beforehand. Find their USP.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Town Planning at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Some awareness of Planning procedures would be beneficial, as well as some commercial understanding of how property and development works. Work experience in Local Authority or Consultancy would be helpful.

Interview Advice: Relax! Have a flick through latest national policy (and also the London Plan) to familiarise yourself with the major policies affecting development. Try and get across how enthusiatic you are about the job/field.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning, Development, Regeneration at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Show commercial awareness and understanding of your role as agent and advisor on behalf of a client.

Interview Advice: Maintain energy and enthusiasm. Make sure you are prepared. Undertake all exercises with a clear consideration to quality of output and commercial awareness.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Bilfinger GVA

Graduate Planner, Planning, Development & Regeneration at Bilfinger GVA

Application Advice: Use S.M.A.R.T. answers when completing questions and ensure you are using real examples relating them to the core values of the company.

Interview Advice: Try to find out as much as you can about the company, who will be interviewing you and projects the team you will be working for are involved in.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Barratt Developments

Land Graduate, at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Research the housebuilding industry - current issues and opportunities. Learn about Barratt.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, demonstrate your enthusiasm, demonstrate your willingness to learn.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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BAM Construct UK

Trainee BIM Technician, Pre-Construction at BAM Construct UK

Application Advice: Keep it teamwork/people centred.

Interview Advice: Show an interest and knowledge of the company.

Industry: Property and Housebuilding, Planning

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Planner, Initiative at IPG Mediabrands

Application Advice: Be yourself is the best advice I can give someone applying for IPG!

Interview Advice: - Be calm - Interested - Interactive - Confident

Industry: Arts & Media, Advertising Account Planning

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