We caught up with politics graduate Lylaa who has secured a Business Associate role with EY – congratulations Lylaa! Read Lylaa’s experience and top tips below.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
EY is smaller than the other ‘Big 4’, which makes it a more relaxed and friendly place to work. One of the biggest reasons I chose EY was their Vision 2020 - not only was it an ambitious goal, but it was also one which really sets it apart as a company and I wanted to be a part of this. It's exciting for me to be able to work with clients from a range of different industries and also to be given the opportunity to undertake the ACA qualification.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was your favourite part?
EY was the place that I wanted to work for the past 3 years - I had set my heart on it when I was applying for placements. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in securing a placement at that time, so I applied once again in my final year for the graduate programme. I was again unsuccessful, but I did not give up. I waited for 6 months till I could make another application and this time I had an offer within 5 weeks. Personally for me, the toughest part of the application process was the strengths based telephone Interview, which I did not have much experience with. My favourite part was the Partner Interview, in which I was able to have an informal chat with the Partner and really increase my understanding of the business.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Make sure you really understand the firm and the role that you are applying for, so that you can express a genuine interest in the various aspects of the organisation that you like.
- It is important to be prepared and have your story ready so that you can communicate clearly and express yourself well during the interview.
- Take pauses in the interview if you need to! Don’t hesitate to ask for a few seconds when asked a question, so that you are able to collect your thoughts and answer in an organised fashion.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Personally, I tend to warm up by making conversations with the other interviewees so that I am more relaxed on the day.