Recruiter FAQs

We have a team of five full-time members of staff in the Employer Relations Team and we see our working relationship with employers and potential employers as a series of partnerships. Below you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions, but if you cannot find the answer there, please do get in contact and we will provide you with guidance on anything talking through posting a job on the jobsboard, to putting together a job description for an internship.

How do we post a job to the online jobsboard?
If you wish to advertise jobs or internships to our current MSc and MBA Students, and our job-seeking alumni, please visit imperial-csm.symplicity.com. This service is free – you simply need to register with us. The system is very intuitive, but full instructions are available at imperial.ac.uk/business-school/business-services/post-a-job. As a registered recruiter, you will be able to edit and remove job postings at any time. Interested students apply by being directed either to your website or an email address you provide. A link to your job postings will also be sent out as part of our weekly e-bulletin to students and recent graduates.
What jobs do your students look for?
Our full-time MBA students have an average of six years’ prior work experience (and at least three) and are therefore looking for MBA programmes or experienced hire opportunities. Executive MBA students have an average of eight to eleven years’ work experience, depending on the cohort, and those that are job searching are usually looking for experienced hire roles only. The majority of MSc students have little or no work experience (typically limited to one or two internships or placements) therefore you should look to advertise entry level graduate/analyst roles or programmes.
When do students look for jobs?
MSc students predominantly look for jobs and internships during the September to March window. However, some MSc students will still be actively looking during the summer term. MBA students who are looking for MBA leadership programmes or internships tend to apply most actively between September and March. Those seeking Experienced Hire positions tend to apply between March and August.
When can your students start work?
Our MSc and MBA students can start permanent work from early July onwards, although most would prefer a September start if possible. Executive MBA students may be able to start work at any time of year, either during their studies or after graduation; it depends on their individual situations.
Are your students available for internships?
All MSc students can only undertake internships during the summer period (July and August). However, as they are all‘final year’ postgraduate MSc students and many already have some internship experience, the majority tend to prefer to apply for full-time permanent opportunities when that is an option. Current MSc students find it hard to take up internship or part-time opportunities before July due to the busy teaching schedule and heavy workload. However, if you are looking for interns to work outside of the summer period, you might find a recently graduated student to undertake one. MBA students can now take up summer internship opportunities in June and July. You can also engage with our MBA students by submitting proposals for MBA Consultancy Projects between December and March each year. We do understand that a small number of companies only hire through internships, and we can usually accommodate them.
How much should I pay an intern?
We do not advertise unpaid internships, and so we suggest that you pay an intern the pro-rata equivalent of what you would pay a full time employee doing a similar role. Full guidance on best practise for high quality internships can be found on our website.
How long do your programmes last for?
Imperial College Business School runs mostly one-year full-time postgraduate MSc and MBA programmes, with the exception of two two-year part-time Executive MBA programmes.
Do you have a CV book for your students?
‘Profile’ books for full-time MBA students are available on request from October, and soft copy ‘CV’ books from November each year. You can contact any of the listed students directly, if there is a profile of interest to you. We also put together CV books for our Executive MBA and MSc students, but inclusion in these books is not mandatory. Finally, job seeking alumni are not included in out CV books at all, therefore it is strongly recommended that you also post information on our online job board.
Can you recommend students?
The careers service and academic staff are unable to recommend specific MSc students. We suggest you use the normal recruitment channels. We may be able to filter for you by a CV search if you are looking for very specific and ‘hard to find’ skills (e.g. particular foreign language requirements). We are also able to send targeted emails to students on thesame basis. Please contact us to discuss your requirements for MBA and experienced hire, as we may be able to identify suitable potential applicants who we can ensure are aware of your opportunities. If your needs are ongoing or annual it is particularly important to contact us, as the profile of our MBA students varies dramatically from year to year and we would like to establish ongoing long term relationships that support your business without the need for significant resource and regular advertising.
Can I advertise opportunities to alumni?
All recruitment channels are open to job seeking alumni and many actively use our online job board. Our Careers’ Consultants form very strong bonds with students whilst they are here which transform into strong relationships with our alumni. Contact us directly with Job Descriptions that would be suitable for alumni. We will share them through our informal networks, and also post them on the Imperial College Business School Alumni Network group, which has over 6000 members. Alumni can also be invited to recruitment presentations.