Applying for jobs is never an easy task. It can often be a particularly stressful time. Therefore, I wanted to provide some useful hits and tips to help make the experience more enjoyable.
Applying for jobs is never an easy task. It can often be a particularly stressful time, especially if you are doing so during your final year of university or during these uncertain times, we see ourselves in today.
Having started at Capgemini Invent on the Accelerate Programme in October 2019, I wanted to provide some useful hints and tips on how you can ace the Capgemini recruitment process. Although some of this has changed to accommodate the new virtual ways of working, I hope to make this a more enjoyable experience for you.
Research, research, research
It may seem obvious but understanding what the company does and their values is really important. Not only is this essential for the interview stages, but also to understand if you are a good fit for the company too. Explore the company website, blogs, LinkedIn posts and news articles to learn about Capgemini Invent and their competitors, so you have a well-rounded view of the industry. Don’t forget to keep your notes for later stages of the process, as they will be useful throughout. You may also find it beneficial to reach out to current graduates via LinkedIn to get a real view of the programme and hear some more personal experiences.
Perfect your CV and cover letter
Make sure your CV is up to date and relevant. Everyone knows that most graduates apply for a variety of different jobs, perhaps not yet knowing which direction they wish to go. Therefore, taking a few extra minutes to tailor your CV and covering letter to the role and company may just give you the edge. Your experience matters – Capgemini are not focused solely on your degree discipline, so make sure your skills and experience are clear for the recruiters to see. Diversity is valued so don’t be afraid to show this! Use the cover letter to express your personality and showcase yourself, by bringing to life your claims using real life examples.
Don’t stress about the tests
The situational strengths test is designed to assess and identify a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses as well as whether they align with Capgemini’s values. Try not to worry too much about these, there are no right or wrong answers so you can’t be perfect! The test is also used to give candidates an insight into the role and by using real business scenarios it helps give an idea of what working at Capgemini would be like. My advice would be to think about Capgemini’s values, be honest and don’t overthink it.
Next up is the digital interview, which is not as scary as it sounds. Video interviews were a whole new experience for me (little did I know the importance they would have this year) and having completed several for different applications, preparation was always key. Firstly, make sure your room is tidy, the lighting is good, you’re dressed professionally (head to toe) and no one in your house is going to interrupt you. Secondly, do some further research around Invent, the role and the industry thoroughly. You also need to understand why you applied for the job in the first place, what were your motivations? In the second part of the digital interview you will be given some business scenarios to complete, these are simple tasks which do not require any prior experience. Always try to remain professional and don’t overcomplicate it, there is no need to fill all the answering time if you don’t need it. I know it sounds cliché, but just be yourself! I found it useful to practice speaking on video beforehand to get used to the look and feel of it, as they can feel a bit strange at first.
Finally, if you’re a successful candidate through these previous stages, you will be invited to the Assessment Day. Revisit your research from all previous stages as it can be easy to forget all this information. You now have the luxury of doing an Assessment Centre (AC) from the comfort of your own home, given the current government guidance. Again, video conferencing may be a new experience for you, so just keep calm and try to remain professional. The Assessment Centre consists of 1:1 interview and a group exercise. It is great to have confidence but try not to overpower people, make sure everyone is being involved in the group. Being a good cultural fit is just as important as being able to do the job, so don’t be afraid to show your personality. The recruitment team aren’t there to try to catch you out and will make you feel at ease throughout. They also run briefing calls with candidates ahead of the AC to run through what to expect, which is a nice way to ease some of the nerves.
Job applications require a lot of time, energy and patience. But just keep chipping away and a job will be yours in no time! Also, please be patient with the recruitment team, it is a very busy time for them so you may need to wait a little for responses between each round. Trust me – it’ll be worth the wait!
I hope this has given you some useful hints and tips that will make the application process a much smoother experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Capgemini Invent and look forward to meeting the new graduates to welcome them into the company.
If you’re interested in applying for the Accelerate Programme, register your interest by visiting this page.