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How to prepare for a graduate job at Glencore

Employer Insight

Grad Australia met with the team at Glencore to find out about the future of the industry, and how students and graduates can start preparing now.

Be open to new places 

We love living in the communities we work in and we know you will too.  Most mining industry roles require employees to move to a range of interesting locations across regional Australia.  We encourage you to be open to new opportunities and dive in to become a part of the local community, whether this is a FIFO or residential setting.  This may be mean doing a little research and we can even put you in touch with previous graduates or vacation students who’ll share their experiences with you.

For those looking for a vacation program experience, it’s a great opportunity to test out the locations for a short period.  Our vacation program is a pathway program, meaning it can take you through scholarships to a graduate program to realise your career.

Develop your skills

Performance at university is important and so is developing your other skills.  We want our graduates and employees invested in their industry, so joining and contributing to an association or an industry group is a good start.  We also know that our graduate program produces our future leaders, so take a lead in a project or get involved in a community initiative.

Other tips to stand out with Glencore

  1. Do your homework. Find out about our operations, projects, sites and values. We’re passionate, dedicated, innovative, and do a lot in our communities too.
  2. The questions in the application form part of our selection process.  Answer the questions succinctly and with good grammar – remember, your answers are a demonstration of your written communication skills.
  3. During your interview, think carefully about the questions – clarify if you need, and allow space to reflect on your answer.  Consider the question and its context, and try to relate your response to a workplace example.
  4. Provide enough background information for context, but we are really after what happened and what the result was in your example.
  5. Always focus on what YOU have done not the contribution of others.
  6. Be enthusiastic – we really want to know who you are and what you are passionate about.
  7. Think of some questions to ask us at the end of your interview.