This article has been designed to answer all your FAQ's about the shortlisting and interview process. If we haven't answered your question please let us know by emailing us at partners@hatch.teamand we'll add your question in!  You can check out of other FAQ's below.


Shortlist process

Q: How do you ensure shortlists are diverse?

A: We do our best to ensure there is an equal gender representation on every shortlist we send out. We strongly believe that diversity is crucial for high performing teams. As such, our talent pool is made up of diverse young talent from many backgrounds. 

Specifically, our talent pool is made up of:

  • 55% women and 45% men

  • Degrees: 37% business, 25% STEM, 21% humanities, 9% design

  • 9 institution partners

  • 30+ student societies 

Q: How long until I get the shortlist?

A: 10 days after posting your role (Wednesday COB), you will receive a shortlist of 2-5 students. You can explore their profiles and video, and you select who to meet for a final in-person interview. 


Q: What is the interview process?

A: The interview process is as follows:

  1. You will receive your shortlist 10 days after publishing your role. 

  2. Invite students to interview by clicking 'Invite to interview' for each candidate and selecting a date and time that is convenient. Hatch recommends interviewing at least 3 candidates.

  3. Run a behavioural event interview. You can learn more about behavioural event interviews here

  4. You will then complete an online form once the interviews are complete where you will select who you would like to offer the role to. 

  5. Hatch will then offer the successful student the role.

  6. Once the student accepts the role, Hatch will kick off the onboarding process. 

Q: What form should the interviews be?

A: Completely up to you how you do the interviews - they may be in person, over the phone or an assessment centre. 

We suggest a Behavioural Event Interview (BEI) as it is a great interview technique, based on the assumption that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. Across interviewing styles, BEI’s have the greatest prediction validity in terms of choosing candidates who will be best for the role. You can find out more about BEIs here

Q: How long should the interviews go for?

A: We recommend that interviews go for about 45-60 minutes. This is because we believe this gives you enough time to run through a structured behavioural event interview, and assess the students capabilities, skills and cultural fit. 

Q: Are students interviewing for other roles?

A: Yes, students may be applying and interviewing for other roles. As such, we recommend selecting the students you wish to interview as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment in case a student were to accept a role elsewhere. 

Q: Can I do a reference check?

A: Yes, if you would like to do a reference check, you can coordinate this directly with the student/s. Please let us know if you would like us to provide you with the student contact details. 

Q: Can I get a student in for a second round interview?

A: Yes, it is completely up to you how you run the interview process. If you would like to get a student in for a second round interview, please let us know and we can schedule this for you. 

Q: Can the students complete a task for me/bring in samples of their work?

A:  Yes, you are more than welcome to ask the students to bring in samples of their work or complete a task as part of the interview process. Please coordinate this directly with the student and keep us in the loop. 

Q: Can we interview a student for more than 1 role?

A: Yes! It is up to you whether you want to interview the student once or bring them in for two different interviews. Please let us know what you would prefer to do and we can schedule these interviews for you.

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