After completing a summer internship at Deloitte, Georgina was offered a place on the firm’s graduate scheme – congratulations Georgina! We had a chat to hear all about the application process and to find out Georgina’s top three tips for other students.
Why did you choose Deloitte?
I chose Deloitte because of its amazing reputation as a graduate employer. I study economics at university and enjoy maths, so Corporate Tax seemed like a good place to begin. I had also heard great things from graduates about their strong culture, so all of this attracted me to apply.
What did the application process involve – did you have a favourite and least favourite part?
I was made an offer on the graduate scheme as a result of my summer internship at the end of my second year of university. For the internship, it involved an online application form, a first round assessment/interview and then a partner interview. At the end of my internship, I did a presentation on Ethical Tax and also completed a competency based interview with one of the partners from the Tax team. From this, I was then offered a graduate role starting in September 2018!
What three pieces of careers advice would you give to your fellow Bright Network members?
1. I think experience really is key. This doesn’t just have to be work experience, this can be anything from your time at university – for example, I am the Victoria Secret Rep at university and it’s always a great talking point in interviews. The more you can discuss key skills like teamwork, the more successful you will be.
2. Make sure you’re working hard at university and keep those first year grades up. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that first year doesn't count. If you want a summer internship in your second year, this is what employers will go off when screening applications.
3. Finally, I would say to make sure you don’t over power people in your group interviews! I have seen this so many times in assessment centres. Not only is it embarrassing for the people in your group, but your assessors will also be very unimpressed. At a different assessment centre I went to, the assessors asked a guy to leave after the group exercise because he was talking over everyone else so much!
What’s your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I don’t really believe in lucky charms - but I always go over my answers the night before with my Dad. I definitely would not be where I am now without his support!