Application Advice and Tips

Graduate programme vacancies are advertised on the jobs board on the Rising High in Suffolk homepage. The programme lasts two years, so graduates are recruited on a biennial basis. Please contact risinghigh@suffolk.gov.uk to check when we will be recruiting our next cohort.

The general timeline for applications is as follows:

November - February
(Stage 1)

Complete online application form including uploading a video

March - April
(Stage 2)

Additional assessments in the form of Games Based Tests

June
(Stage 3)

Remaining candidates invited to an assessment day. Group and individual tasks, as well as a formal interview.

September
(programme start)

Join your new team. Some placements may require DBS checks or police vetting prior to starting.

 

We are looking for individuals who show, amongst other skills:

  • Initiative
  • Resolve
  • Commercial awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Conscientiousness
  • Self-direction
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Diligence
  • Coachability
  • Communication skills

Remember that we will be looking for you to demonstrate the skills and qualities highlighted in the Person Profile linked to the job vacancy. When reflecting on your strengths, skills and experiences, you can draw upon many areas of your life. You do not necessarily need to have worked in a corporate environment to demonstrate your suitability – you can use examples from volunteering roles, society involvement, part-time jobs, your studies and anywhere else you feel is appropriate.

When answering questions on your past experiences, remember the STAR technique:

  • Situation: Provide context & background - e.g. "our customers complained..."
  • Task: Describe the problem and challenges faced - e.g. "we faced supply chain shortage..."
  • Action: Explain what YOU did & how - e.g. "I solved...", "I calculated..."
  • Results: State the benefits, savings, rewards, outcome achieved - e.g. "the impact of...results in..."

Remember the ACTION is the most important part of your answer as it provides us with information on what you did in the situation. Avoid overusing the collective ‘we’ and getting tied down with details. Instead, think about you, and explain your actions in a way which clearly demonstrates to us your skills, strengths and qualities.

Remember to do your research! We expect you to be able to talk coherently and confidently about the organisations within the programme, the position you are applying for, the business world, and (of course!) yourself. You can gather information from our websites and recruitment brochure, the news, people you know who work in local government, and any other relevant sources.

For further advice on filling out applications and attending interviews, check out our Careers Advice page.