JC recruitment journey

Taking the first steps on your career path is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking! Key to managing those nerves is feeling prepared and knowing what to expect - so that’s what we’re here to help you do. At JC we want you to know that you’re fully supported from the get-go, so here you’ll find everything you need to know about our application and recruitment process. We’ve also included our top tips to help you get the most out of this stage in your journey, and really make this opportunity your own!

Step 1: Online application and CV

Once you’ve had a look through the opportunities available, decide which vacancy best fits your aspirations and complete your online application before our closing date of 28 October. If you have any queries or experience any issues with your application, don’t hesitate to contact us via studentrecruitment@jcca.co.uk.

Tip – this is a chance for us to learn about you and why you would like to work for JC. Take some time to look through our social media profiles and have a look at our website to gain a better understanding of the firm and our values.


Step 2: Digital interview (from week commencing 5 September)

This is an opportunity for you to speak with a member of our recruitment team over Microsoft Teams. We will go over your application choices in more detail, in addition to asking five competency-based interview questions about yourself, your study choices, self-awareness and key skills. 

Tip – Be confident! This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your personality and the research you have done on JC.


Step 3: Online assessment

If your application and digital interview are successful, you will be invited to complete our online psychometric test so we can learn a bit more about your personality and working style. No preparation is required, and the test is untimed.

Tip - Try not to stress about this test or take it too seriously. These tests are fun and there are no right or wrong answers here!


Step 4: Presentation and in-person interview (from week commencing 17 October)

The final stage in our recruitment process is a formal interview. The interview will include a presentation (topic to be provided ahead of the interview) and a series of competency, scenario, and motivational questions. Competency questions measure your skills, scenario questions give us a glimpse into your decision-making process and how you may react to various situations, and motivational questions measure your ability to remain productive, committed and enthusiastic at work.

Tip – Take this opportunity to ask us any questions you may have too, so you can get to know us as well as us getting to know you!

After your formal interview, you can expect to hear back from us within 10 working days as to whether your application has been successful or not. Hopefully it is good news and you will then proceed to step 5!


Step 5: First day! (start date likely mid-August 2023)

Your first day will be in your local JC office. Your morning will start with meeting your buddy and learning more about your role, the business line, JC and how we operate, and getting yourself set up with equipment.

Tip – Starting a new job can be a little daunting, but if you prepare well and ask the right questions, you’ll be off to a great start. Ask us anything you need to before you start your first day. We are here to help and want to make your first day as comfortable as possible.


Step 6: Induction event

Soon after starting with us, you will be invited to our Johnston Carmichael Welcome Event. This is a two day event involving an overnight stay, and provides an opportunity for all of our students across the country to get together in one location to find out more about Johnston Carmichael, build knowledge on what your first few months and years may look like, and create some solid work relationships with fellow colleagues who are also just starting out on their career.

Tip – The most important part of the residential trip is to have fun! We organise team building activities to help you get to know others across the business lines and different offices. Starting your first job in professional services can be nerve wracking but this is where getting to know your colleagues who are at a similar stage can make all the difference.

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