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    Hi, I'm a recent graduate having graduated this August. I am having a really hard time with graduate scheme applications I am weak on numerical reasoning. I got a B at GCSE maths but I have struggled with the maths tests. However , I have really been practising these few weeks yet I have been rejected by every company ive applied to at the first stage.

    So so far I've applied to :
    civil service fast stream
    HMRC
    unilever
    nestle
    Network rail
    John Lewis
    M&S
    sainsburys retail management
    ASDA
    NHS

    and I have had same or next day rejections. I don't know if it is the numerical reasoning or the work based sitatution tests letting me down as the companies do not state reasons . I'm kind of losing hope now I actually thought the John Lewis tests went well and they had a more generous time limit but Ive been rejected again.
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    Hi, I'm a recent graduate having graduated this August. I am having a really hard time with graduate scheme applications I am weak on numerical reasoning. I got a B at GCSE maths but I have struggled with the maths tests. However , I have really been practising these few weeks yet I have been rejected by every company ive applied to at the first stage.

    So so far I've applied to :
    civil service fast stream
    HMRC
    unilever
    nestle
    Network rail
    John Lewis
    M&S
    sainsburys retail management
    ASDA
    NHS

    and I have had same or next day rejections. I don't know if it is the numerical reasoning or the work based sitatution tests letting me down as the companies do not state reasons . I'm kind of losing hope now I actually thought the John Lewis tests went well and they had a more generous time limit but Ive been rejected again.
    Same I keep on getting rejected from the simplest jobs it's crazy
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    What previous work experience do you have? Any additional qualifications or courses? A-Level grades? Degree classification from a russel group uni? Voulenteering?


    Gone are the days of the average graduate getting onto a graduate scheme
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    I know for the civil service you can ask for your scores back. I would recommend that. In addition, I would do practice tests and see what types of questions you are losing marks on. That way you can really improve on your mark.

    How are you exactly practising? Have you also applied to places that don't require testing as part of their application process?
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    An extremely intelligent friend of mine who's an Oxford graduate and fluent in 4 languages has been rejected from the Civil Service grad scheme every year for the past 3 if not 4 years. So I wouldn't take it personally - the competition for those places is crazy. I can't remember the applicants:ratio off-hand but if you look up the stats you might feel a bit better about yourself as to be honest you probably have a higher chance of winning the lottery, lol.

    IMO you're casting your net too wide - are you really passionate about public transport and health care? Can you really see yourself working for a supermarket? Rather than just applying to all of the best-known schemes because that's what everyone else is doing, think more carefully about where your strengths lie, what you enjoy doing and what you can really see yourself pursuing a career in. For instance, if you're weaker at Maths but great with words, try looking at PR firms and publishing companies.
 
 
 
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