Lisa Powell, graduate recruitment and development manager, Weil Gotshal & Manges
“Should an assessment day or interview clash with the date of an exam, we would suggest calling the graduate recruitment team to explain the situation and see whether an alternative date or time could be offered.
“During our 2015/16 vacation scheme recruitment process, we have had a number of candidates that have found themselves in this situation. Fortunately, for those that have informed us of the issue in a timely manner, we have been in a position to offer a more suitable interview date or time.”
“Employers should avoid scheduling events and placement schemes during the university exam period. But I appreciate it’s not always that easy given the volume of talks, open days and work experience opportunities of offer.
“Students who are worried about a clash should flag this with any employers as soon as possible and request an alternative date or time. If the employer is inflexible then it speaks volumes about the culture of the organisation.
“And although the ability to juggle exams with work experience and other activities is a good skill to be able to demonstrate, if you had to choose exams should always take priority.”
Edward Walker, graduate recruitment and development professional