We recently had a chat with Jolly, who has just graduated from Hult International Business School with a Business Administration degree. Jolly has now secured a summer internship with Barclays and has some great advice for other Bright Network members.
Why did you choose this firm?
One of the main reasons why I chose Barclays was because of their people, who I was really impressed by throughout the application process. I also liked the fact that Barclays champion diversity within their organisation.
What was the toughest part of the application process?
During the application process, we had to participate in a case study task. I had never seen anything quite like it before, so this was a difficult exercise to prepare for in advance of the application process.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was most surprised by how friendly everyone was throughout the process. In comparison to other firms, it was by far the most pleasant interview process I have ever experienced!
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Prepare for interviews even before you get them. Over time, and with lots of practice and repetition, your answers will become more natural and confident.
- Always be yourself and be proud of who you are. Remember that you don't have to fit into a box to feel that you belong.
- Always be kind, helpful and considerate – you help both yourself and others by doing this!
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I would recommend treating yourself the day before the interview (you could go for a milkshake or bubble tea!) – because regardless of the outcome, I always want to consider it an achievement. There is no such thing as failure in life, just lessons!