Huge congratulations to Camilla for securing a place on the IBM technology consultant graduate scheme. We caught up with her to discuss why applied to IBM, what her application process and what tips she has to offer her fellow Bright Network members.
While I was revising for my January exams I received an email from Bright Network advertising the IBM technology consultant graduate scheme. After reading through the email I decided to investigate the scheme a bit more. In trawling the IBM website, I became more and more excited about working for a company that is as international, innovative and collaborative as IBM.
What I like the most about working at IBM is just how open and collaborative everyone is. Since joining in November as a technology consultant there has been plenty of support offered to me with a fantastic and in-depth training program that introduced me to the basics of the job and the work I will be doing. All my colleagues are extremely open, friendly and are always willing to make time for me.
What was the application process like?
The first stage consisted of me having to submit my CV and an online application form to the company’s career portal. Following this there were several online psychometric tests before a first round assessment centre. At the assessment centre we had to complete two different group exercises. I didn’t actually think I had done very well at the time but it just goes to show that we’re typically bad judges of ourselves! After the assessment centre, I was invited to a final stage interview. When I found out that I had got the role I was over the moon and massively relieved.
What are your three tips for Bright Network members looking to apply to internships and graduate schemes?
- Be honest about who you are, don’t try to hide or change your personality. People who try to change themselves in assessment centres are typically found out and, by showing your genuine self, you and assessors can be more certain that the role and company suit you.
- Research the company thoroughly before hand. Understand how they’re structured, what their main values are and what products and services they produce and provide.
- Try to have fun. It’s not easy to relax but once you can start to relax you’ll almost certainly show your best side. At the end of the day assessment centres and interviews are great experiences so try to get as much out of them as you can.
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